Standard Owner Benchmark - Green Building Initiative

By CommonShare

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes the adoption of sustainable building practices and the use of environmentally friendly materials in the construction industry. It was founded in 2004 with the goal of providing guidance and resources to professionals involved in the design, construction, and operation of buildings.

The GBI developed and administers the Green Globes® certification system, which is a building assessment and rating program. Green Globes® provides a framework for evaluating the environmental performance and sustainability of buildings. It assesses various aspects of a building's design, construction, and operation, including energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, waste management, and site selection.

The Green Building Initiative aims to facilitate the widespread adoption of sustainable building practices by providing accessible and affordable tools and resources. Their certification program, Green Globes®, offers a flexible and streamlined approach to building certification, allowing for customization based on project goals and priorities. It provides a rating system that recognizes and rewards sustainable features and practices implemented in buildings.

In addition to certification, the GBI offers educational programs, training workshops, and resources to support professionals in their pursuit of sustainable building practices. They collaborate with industry stakeholders, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to advance sustainable building initiatives and promote the use of environmentally responsible materials and technologies.

As a non-profit organization, the Green Building Initiative operates with a mission-driven approach, focusing on the promotion of sustainable building practices rather than profit generation. Their efforts are aimed at driving positive environmental and social impacts in the construction industry, with the ultimate goal of creating healthier, more energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible buildings.

By providing guidance, certification, and educational resources, the Green Building Initiative plays a vital role in promoting sustainability and driving the adoption of green building practices in the United States and beyond. Their work contributes to the reduction of environmental impacts, the improvement of occupant well-being, and the overall advancement of the building industry towards a more sustainable future.

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The certification uses a multi-stakeholder, independent governance model to support the development of the standards related to the certification.

Supply Side Digitization

Details on the certificate are easily available via technology for inclusion in third party digital applications.

Buy Side Availability

Buy side availability details out how easy it is for consumers to find products and companies exhibiting the standards offered by the certification.


This considers the scale of the certification, and the number of products and companies that currently contribute to the certificate. National and local certification are normalized with countries.

Digital Accessibility

How easy is it for innovative new companies, startups, and local retailers to have the same access and affordable pricing models to use standard information in digital applications.
Green Building Initiative
United States
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How our Standard Owner Benchmark® Works?

By CommonShare

This is a benchmark to help companies understand which standards should be part of a sustainable procurement plan. Further, the benchmark allows standard setting schemes, i.e. "Standard Owners", to benchmark their performance versus industry peers.