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

Local Companies

Distinguish Design
(315) 247-4451
5081 SPRING ROAD
VERONA, NY
Mazza Construction
(315) 738-1552
1400 Mather Ave
Utica, NY
Celia Construction Inc
(315) 733-6493
1507 Brookside Ave
Utica, NY
Beebe Construction Services
(315) 724-1505
6153 Trenton Rd
Utica, NY
Spataro Joseph Mason Contr
(315) 733-7971
1612 Rutger St
Utica, NY
Lamb's Construction Inc
(315) 363-5537
146 E. Campbell Ave
Sherrill, NY
Mohawk Valley Contractors Guild
(315) 797-2417
1113 Linwood Pl
Utica, NY
Just Windows
(315) 738-1552
1400 Mather Ave
Utica, NY
Gaetano Charles A Constr Corp
(315) 733-4611
311 Turner St
Utica, NY
Bilbern Const Inc
(315) 792-1106
1551 Lincoln Ave
Utica, 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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