What’s the oldest sustainability rating system for buildings? It isn’t LEED*! The roots of Green Globes go back before 1990 to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) developed in the United Kingdom. From there it expanded to Canada and thence to the U.S. It offers an online alternative and perhaps less expensive way to a certified sustainable building. This course provides an introduction to sustainable building design and construction and to the Green Globes system. It compares Green Globes and the U.S. GBC’s LEED rating system. It also describes the path for professionals to become trained assessors.
*LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Recognize our need for sustainable buildings for long-term welfare
- Discuss sustainable building design and construction and it’s health and safety benefits
- Identify the connections between building design decisions, sustainable built environments, the climate, health, economics, energy, safety and societal well-being
- Describe the Green Globes rating system
- Compare the Green Globes and the LEED rating systems
- Define the process of becoming a Green Globes Professional or Assessor