Recent Changes and Expansions At GBCI

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has changed its name to Green Business Certification, Inc. GBCI is a brand that has been synonymous with LEED and green building since 2008. It will continue to be referred to as GBCI with a mission to speed market transformation and expand to new markets.

GBCI’s name change is due to the direction and vision of the organization which is to extend its core competencies of certification and credentialing services to organizations that share the same mission. GBCI is well-positioned to fulfill the Third-party validation need that has become very valuable across the globe.

GBCI is the only organization to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Building Rating System. GBCI will also provide certification and credentialing services for the following standards:

  1. Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) standard, which is used to measure and improve sustainable power system performance.
  2. The WELL building standard, which is used to measure the impact of building design on human health.
  3. The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) standard, which is used to measure specific areas of site design such as water, soil and vegetation, materials, and human health and well-being.
  4. The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) benchmark which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

By, Maria Perez, LEED AP, Gensler


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