Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long is the learning curve?
2. What's unique about the Green Globes system?
3. Why does the market need more than one methodology?
4. Why an online system?
5. How does Green Globes improve building performance?
6. Why should I obtain third-party verification?

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.

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

There is much agreement about 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, US and Canadian federal and state/provincial governments have used Green Globes to certify their 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 is 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. Why should I obtain third-party verification?

By having an independent third party verify that your completed property or facility reflects the achievements described in the self-assessment, you add value and credibility in the market, the community, and among occupants and tenants.