SOURCE: Green Building Initiative

Green Building Initiative

July 16, 2013 17:37 ET

New Green Globes® Building Certification Course Is AIA CES Approved

Course Covers Green Building Certification for New Construction

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2013) - The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced today that their new Green Globes training course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for continuing education credit. AIA members need 18 Learning Units per year, 12 of which must be in Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) topics. AIA members can watch this free 60-minute recorded webinar online and receive one (1) HSW Learning Unit from AIA. The AIA Course Code is GBIGGNCJul13 and the AIA Course Title is "Green Globes for New Construction." The course description and learning objectives are provided below. The course can also be found in the AIA online course directory. 

In order to receive credit, users must watch the webinar on green building certification, pass a 10-question online exam, and complete an online course evaluation. Links to the exam and course evaluation are provided at the end of the webinar. They must then send GBI an email request containing their AIA member number in order to receive credit. 

"Several of our AEC industry clients commented on the value of the training we recently developed to accompany the launch of the updated Green Globes for New Construction building certification program which is based on an ANSI Standard. They requested that we develop a revised version suitable for continuing education credits. We are happy to provide this industry support," said Sharene Rekow, GBI Vice President of Business Development. 

The webinar is available immediately. Contact the GBI for more information.

Course Description
This course is intended for design and construction professionals interested in green building rating systems. It provides an overview of the features and use of the newly released version of Green Globes for New Construction (NC), which is based on an ANSI Standard (ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings). The updated program contains major enhancements throughout, with a particular focus on the Energy and Materials & Resources sections. It also incorporates criteria to evaluate the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the Green Building Initiative relationship with Green Globes and the background of both.
  • Describe the attributes of the Green Globes building assessment program.
  • Define the eligibility requirements for Green Globes NC.
  • Discuss each of the environmental assessment areas for Green Globes NC.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the background of the Guiding Principles and identify the environmental assessment areas of the Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) program.
  • Summarize the Green Globes NC assessment process.
  • Explain the enhancements and features of the Green Globes NC online tool.
  • Describe the rating scale for Green Globes NC and GPC programs.
  • Identify the support tools available for the Green Globes NC program.

About Green Globes®
Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party. Backed by comprehensive customer support, Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable alternative to LEED as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings.

The program has modules supporting new construction and major renovations -- Green Globes for New Construction (NC), existing buildings -- Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB), and healthcare buildings -- Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare. It is suitable for a wide range of buildings from offices, multi-family structures, hospitals, and institutional buildings such as courthouses, schools, and universities.

About the GBI
The Green Building Initiative is a nonprofit organization and ANSI Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches. Founded in 2004, the organization is the U.S. provider of the Green Globes and the Guiding Principles Compliance building and certification programs.

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