Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long is the learning curve? What kind of training is available?
2. What's unique about the Green Globes system?
3. Why does the market need more than one standard?
4. Why an online system?
5. How does Green Globes improve building performance?
6. How does the Green Globes system ensure that a building's energy use is considered as a primary area for gaining efficiency?

1. How long is the learning curve?

The strength of the Green Globes system is that it is written in plain language so it's easy for beginners as well as experienced practitioners to be up and running in minutes. The system is questionnaire-driven. Users are walked through a logical sequence of questions that guide their next steps and provide guidance for integrating important elements of sustainability. Once each questionnaire is complete, the system automatically generates a report identifying the projects highlights and indicating areas for improvement.

2. What's unique about the Green Globes system?

There is much agreement with regard to what constitutes best energy and environmental practices, so the major green building standards such as Green Globes, LEED, BREEAM and others have more similarities than differences.

However, the Green Globes system does have a number of distinct attributes in the way the program is delivered, such as the online, questionnaire-driven assessment, and the automated reporting, which greatly reduce the time and cost of producing a submission. For this reason, the federal government and many states in the US are recognizing Green Globes as a credible tool and in Canada, the method has been used for several years on federal and provincial buildings.

3. Why does the market need more than one methodology?

There is general agreement about what constitutes green building best practices, and most assessment methodologies have remarkably similar criteria. What differs is the way in which the assessment methodologies are delivered. By having a variety of credible options, people can choose the one that best meets their needs - with the result that more buildings are built or retrofitted to high standards of energy and environmental performance. Having more than one methodology also helps to generate healthy competition to ensure low cost, user-friendly design and client service.

4. Why an online system?

Because it's online and interactive, the Green Globes system enables you to change inputs in order to keep your assessment up-to-date. It serves as a virtual consultant, providing instant feedback on the environmental aspects of a structure's design along with advice and resources for improvements. And as users work their way through the questionnaire, they can reference the policies and other required working documents. Thus the system also guides and simplifies the documentation process.

5. How does Green Globes improve building performance?

Green Globes paints a clear picture of your building's performance, gives practical advice for design and operational improvements and provides additional information on relevant strategies and technologies.

6. How does the Green Globes system ensure that a building's energy use is considered as a primary area for gaining efficiency?

In Green Globes, more points are dedicated to energy than any other section. Green Globes compares modelled energy consumption, (expressed as carbon emissions), to a rating scale for that type of building for that climate zone. Instead of comparing a building design to the performance of a hypothetical structure designed to ASHRAE 90.1 standards, Green Globes compares against data from real buildings. The difference in approach is significant. The performance of a hypothetical design can be distorted to make the new design look good, while the Green Globes approach cannot be distorted. In addition to the energy performance benchmark criteria, the Green Globes system directly addresses microclimatic design considerations, space optimization, energy efficient technologies, the operational aspects and the impact of the building occupants.