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Black & White: A Comparison of LEED v4 & Green Globes

GBCI: 0920000658

Comparison of the similarities and differences in Green Globes and LEED v4 rating systems.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

LEED version: v4

Published on: July 28, 2014

Average: 1.7 (3 votes)


This course is designed as an introduction to the Green Building Initiatives Green Globes rating system as well as LEED v4. The Course will compare the salient features of both rating systems and highlight the evaluation and certification process for projects. We will examine both rating systems as they apply to various project types and conclude with analysis of a case study of a Project certified under Green Globes and another Project certified under LEED v4.


  1. Understand the Green Globes Rating System & LEED v4 history.
  2. Compare Green Globes & LEED v4 rating system differences.
  3. Analyze the costs of assessment and certification for both.
  4. Analyze the professional accreditation and other involvement options for both.
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
San Antonio, TX
United States


Kayla Gerstenberg

Director of Marketing Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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LEED Consulting & Sustainable Interiors, Project Coordinating Services, LLC
Pro Reviewer

The webinar does provide a comparison of both Lv4 and Green Globes but some of the information presented is confusing. The course missed some of the better known dissimilarities of LEED and Green Globes - no Prereqs in Green Globes. In one of the case studies, it mentioned the LEED example had previously been certified under LEED 2009 but it didn't clarify if the project was then certified under Existing Buildings when it achieved the Lv4 certification. It was disappointing that not all the learning objectives were achieved either.


The course does not cover all the objectives listed. They say that there is two hour course that covers everything but don't tell you where to find the two hour course.

Director of Programs, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Pro Reviewer

This webinar is somewhat helpful to understand the differences between LEED and GreenGlobes, but it general it is too high level. Some of the course objectives are not met; for example, there is no discussion of cost within the webinar. There is also some misrepresentation of the LEED program throughout the webinar (I cannot speak to whether or not there is misrepresentation of the GreenGlobes program). For example, LEED is presented in such a way to say that concepts like project management, carbon measurement, and particular air quality issues are not addressed.

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