Differences Between Green Globes and LEED Massena 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 Massena may adopt either of these standards.

Local Companies

Legault Custom Builders Inc
(315) 769-2268
372 County Route 41
Massena, NY
Laframboise Grp Ltd
(315) 769-1241
9820 Route 56
Massena, NY
Grose's Basement Systems
(315) 769-1339

Massena, NY
Drake Emmett Hse Movr Genl Contr
(631) 665-0637
7 S Bay Ave
Islip, NY
European Interior Concepts Inc
(212) 941-7243
6 Varick St Apt 10A
New York, NY
Perras Excavating Inc
(315) 769-5900
1909 State Highway 420
Massena, NY
Murnane Building Contractors
(315) 769-3930
43 Stephenville St
Massena, NY
Heritage Homes Inc
(315) 764-1630
72 Westwood Dr Ste 1
Massena, NY
Integrity Construction Inc
(203) 869-4797
426 Waverly Ave
Mamaroneck, NY
Cca Construction Consulting Assocs Inc
(212) 385-1818
100 Church St Rm 1625
New York, 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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