Differences Between Green Globes and LEED Hamburg NY

Both standards cover similar grounds, such as site sustainability, energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. They have four possible levels of certification, require third-party certification, and have a minimum amount of points that builders must attain in each section. Different builders in Hamburg may adopt either of these standards.

Local Companies

The Revvo Caster Company, Inc.
(716) 675-9609
2420 North America Dr.
West Seneca, NY
Tonawanda Coke Corporation
(716) 876-6222
PO Box 5007
Tonawanda, NY
J.E. Arnold Development Corp., Inc.
(716) 213-0927
83 Broad St.
Tonawanda, NY
Lake Side Contracting Co., Inc.
(716) 681-6260
3198 Union Rd., Ste. 500
Cheektowaga, NY
Stanley Steel Service Corp.
(716) 893-8292
1612 William Street
Buffalo, NY
Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, LLC
(716) 885-0743
172 Allen St.
Buffalo, NY
Harry R. Defler Corp.
(716) 839-3727
4446 Main St.
Buffalo, NY
Turner Construction Co.
(716) 853-1900
135 Delaware Ave., Ste. 407
Buffalo, NY
Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc.
(716) 874-1710
100 Pearce Ave.
Tonawanda, NY
Niagara Lubricant Co., Inc.
(716) 874-2300
164 Chandler St.
Buffalo, NY

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By Victoria Markovitz

The famous Coke vs. Pepsi debate can compare to the competition between green building standards. Most standards are made of the same basic ingredients, but they are battling it out to become the preferred product.

While the Coke vs. Pepsi race remains close in the United States, there seems to be a clear leader in commercial green building programs. And some obvious characteristics do set the systems apart. But, like Coke and Pepsi, many people are still unsure as to which system is better.

Run by the U.S. Green Building Council, 31 states recognize the LEED green building standard, and 1,212 commercial new construction projects have been certified under that system. Green Globes, run by the Green Building Initiative, is recognized in 18 states, and only 15 buildings have gained certification.

The systems, however, are more similar than they are different.

Both standards cover similar grounds, such as site sustainability, energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. They have four possible levels of certification, require third-party certification, and have a minimum amount of points that builders must attain in each section.

But there are differences. One issue holds particular importance with dealers: forest certification systems. Green Globes awards points for a variety of certification systems, including the American Tree Farm System, the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and other programs that the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification recognizes. LEED only recognizes FSC-certified wood, but the USGBC is working to include other certifications.

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