Standard Owner Benchmark - USGBC

By CommonShare

USGBC stands for the U.S. Green Building Council, which is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability and green building practices in the construction industry. It was founded in 1993 with a mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, and operated to create a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

The USGBC is best known for developing and administering the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. LEED is a globally recognized green building rating system that provides a framework for designing, constructing, and operating high-performance, environmentally friendly buildings. It evaluates buildings based on various criteria, including energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable materials and resources.

In addition to LEED certification, the USGBC offers a range of educational programs, resources, and advocacy initiatives to promote sustainability in the built environment. They provide training and accreditation for professionals in the green building industry, such as LEED professionals and green building auditors. They also organize events, conferences, and workshops to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration among industry stakeholders.

The USGBC works closely with government agencies, industry partners, and non-profit organizations to advance sustainable building practices and policies. They advocate for green building codes and standards, promote research and innovation in sustainable design and construction, and support initiatives that promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

As a non-profit organization, the USGBC operates with a mission-driven approach, aiming to create positive environmental and social impact rather than maximizing profits. Their activities and initiatives are funded through membership fees, certification fees, educational programs, and partnerships with organizations that share their vision of a sustainable built environment.

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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.

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.