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

Local Companies

J.E. Arnold Development Corp., Inc.
(716) 213-0927
83 Broad St.
Tonawanda, NY
National Grid
(800) 642-4272
144 Kensington Ave.
Buffalo, NY
Lamparelli Construction Co., Inc.
(716) 891-8599
590 Kennedy Rd.
Cheektowaga, NY
Warehouse Wholesaler.com
(716) 947-5552
3774 Lake Shore Rd.
Buffalo, NY
WSF Industries, Inc.
(716) 692-4930
Seven Hackett Dr.
Tonawanda, NY
CRM of WNY, Inc.
716 208-5321
5153 Bayview Road
Hamburg, NY
Design For Industry, Inc.
(716) 204-0299
425 Cayuga Rd., Ste. 400
Cheektowaga, NY
NYSEG
(716) 681-5030
150 Erie St.
Lancaster, NY
Jackye Mandell Interiors
(716) 833-6477
78 Starin Ave.
Buffalo, NY
R J S Machine Works, Inc.
(716) 826-1778
1611 Electric Ave.
Lackawanna, 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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