Green Globes for New Construction 2021 Achieves Approval as American National Standard

The Green Building Initiative announces the approval of ANSI/GBI 01-2021: Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Design, New Construction, and Major Renovations by the American National Standards Institute.Following ANSI approval, GBI’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve and publish ANSI-GBI 01-2021, also known as Green Globes for New Construction 2021.

The standard references hundreds of technical and consensus standards. It also delivers the latest science, research and best practices for evaluating sustainability, health and wellness and resilience factors in new buildings, additions and renovations of all building types, including hospitals and medical office buildings.

Among the updates and advances in the standard are revisions and new content on:

  • Commissioning
  • Product sustainable attributes
  • Alternative non-potable water sources
  • Cooling towers
  • VOC paints and coatings
  • Acoustic comfort criteria
  • Bird strikes
  • Occupant exposure screening
  • Leak detection

Criteria have also been updated to align with new references and standards, including the ICC 2018 International Mechanical Code, ANSI/ASA S12.2-2019: Criteria for Evaluating Room Noise, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, 2020 IAPMO WEStand and Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals (2018), to name a few.

With the 2021 version completed, GBI will pivot in early 2022 to revising the standard again, following a two-year continuous maintenance cycle. Registration is open for projects interested in applying for Green Globes for New Construction 2021. For details, visit




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Posted November 15, 2021

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