From the desk of Bryan Astheimer
Three green-building certification systems received a stamp of approval from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) this week for use in federal projects. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system; Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes; and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge got the OK. In 2007, LEED was the only certification system to pass the review.
Every five years the U.S. General Services Administration is required to review current green building certification systems to help identify a best system for federal use across all governmental buildings. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which calls for the system evaluations, states that GSA-endorsed systems are those that the director of the GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings “deems to be most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally sound approach to certification of green buildings.” The purpose of the review is to evaluate how different systems help the government meet its green building objectives.