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

Local Companies

North Country Builders
(315) 268-0734
291 Morgan Rd
Potsdam, NY
Slattery Associates
(718) 767-2600
1616 Whitestone Expy
Whitestone, NY
Kns Building Restoration Inc
(718) 366-0075
5929 55th St
Maspeth, NY
Masterpol Richard C
(315) 457-9504
7517 Plum Hollow Cir
Liverpool, NY
Tri-Star Construction Inc
(212) 486-0808
770 Lexington Ave Fl 13
New York, NY
Sheehan J E Constr Corp
(315) 265-8427
208 Sissonville Rd
Potsdam, NY
Hitchman Builders
(315) 265-1880
668 State Highway 11B
Potsdam, NY
Fair Housing Development Fund Corp
(516) 671-4326
14 Glen St
Glen Cove, NY
Custom Building Unlimited
(315) 339-6585
606 Calvert St
Rome, NY
Armco Mngmnt & Gen Contrctng Co
(718) 271-0170
8830 51st Ave
Elmhurst, 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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