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

Local Companies

J.P. Megnin General Contracting
(315)391-1383
938 Cty Rt 11
West Monroe, NY
Ryan Heneka's Decorative Concrete
315.506.0336
105 Melvin Avenue
Liverpool, NY
New Heritage Woodworking
315-677-3884
7022 Bush Road
Jamesville, NY
Ronald J Ferro Transport
(315) 452-0328
7446 Waxwood Cir
Syracuse, NY
Harty Construction Inc
(315) 479-0385
330 W Onondaga St
Syracuse, NY
Nu-Crete
315-720-6599
P.O. Box 145
Baldwinsville, NY
Distinctive Innovations, Inc.
315-696-6672
9 Clinton St.
Tully, NY
Expert Chimney Services, Inc
315 469 5004
4800 McDonald Rd
Syracuse, NY
Hess Corporation
(315) 234-5330
100 Clinton Sq.
Syracuse, NY
Whelan & Curry Construction Svcs Inc
(315) 423-4524
217 Montgomery St Ste 100
Syracuse, 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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