Green Globes (or, more specifically, its parent organization the Green Building Initiative, “GBI”) describes itself as an alternative to LEED, so the two rating systems would seem to be natural competitors.
But LEED’s parent organization the U.S. Green Building Council and GBI are both nonprofits, and if Green Globes truly seeks to “advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings” (as its website proclaims), then why would the same folks who support Green Globes also support Ohio Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, which urges that LEED be banned in all Ohio public construction?
The answer to that question is part of an insightful expose by Tristan Roberts and Paula Melton at EBN. Well worth a read, as they connect the dots between GBI, Green Globes, and the industry special interests who support both Green Globes and Ohio SCR25.
OGBL embraces fair competition as a means to spur innovation and improvement, in the green building realm and otherwise. Roberts and Melton suggest that Green Globes’ backers are pressing the opposite agenda, using questionable tactics in a race to the bottom.