Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes are two popular green building standards. While both are used in Canada, they have five major differences.
Unlike LEED’s document based process, Green Globes uses an online questionnaire supplemented by a third-party verifier. This is less time intensive than the LEED process.
LEED is considerably more popular than Green Globes, being used in 22 countries. Green Globes has certified approximately 1,500 projects, compared to LEED’s 11,095.
Green Globes doesn’t have prerequisites, threshold limits, or minimum performance requirements. LEED has a less subjective and more transparent process.
4. Cost Effectiveness
Green Globes has free associate membership, no appeal costs, and fewer registration costs. It also reduces the soft costs of billable hours of LEED consultants on documentation. Therefore, it is possible to certify under Green Globes for low cost in comparison to LEED.
5. Criteria for Evaluation
LEED and Green Globes places emphasis on different aspects of construction; Green Globes gives more weighting to energy efficiency, while LEED places more emphasis on materials.
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