News Analysis

Feds Put Green Globes on Pedestal with LEED

It will stick with LEED, but the government's second-largest building owner, the GSA, is recommending either LEED or Green Globes for federal agencies.

The decision to put Green Globes on equal footing with LEED is in keeping with a February 2013 request for comments (see “Federal Government May Abandon LEED Endorsement”), in which the agency indicated that both these rating systems aligned well (but neither aligned perfectly) with federal green building goals and suggested that each federal agency should choose its own preferred rating system. Today’s letter to DOE includes several other recommendations:

• Agencies should use third-party certification systems.

Published November 1, 2013