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

Local Companies

John Wingfelder Architect
(716) 833-5009
272 Huntington Ave.
Buffalo, NY
LPCiminelli, Inc.
(716) 855-1200
The Cyclorama Building
Buffalo, NY
Wittburn Enterprises, Inc.
(716) 856-6610
36 Cypress Street
Buffalo, NY
Barbalato Builders, Inc.
(716) 689-2409
315 West Klein Rd.
Williamsville, NY
Jackye Mandell Interiors
(716) 833-6477
78 Starin Ave.
Buffalo, NY
Eastern Hospitality Advisors
716-362-1220
651 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY
Imperial Concrete Co., Inc.
(716) 867-5696
17 Santa Clara Ct.
East Amherst, NY
NRG Energy
(716) 879-3890
3500 River Rd.
Tonawanda, NY
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
(716) 857-7000
6363 Main St.
Williamsville, NY
Charles Stancampiano Construction
(716) 631-0702
5 Hobnail Dr.
East Amherst, 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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