ATLANTA — The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
(GEI) recently extended its congratulations to the Green Building Initiative
(GBI) for its successful completion of the first American National Standard for Commercial Green Building, according to a press release
The standard, officially named ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings and approved by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI), ensures that building project leaders seeking green building certification can choose from a wide array of products and materials that qualify for sustainable credits, the release stated.
The ANSI/GBI 01-2010 received formal approval on March 24, 2010,
and will now go through a pilot program, the release noted.
Dr. Marilyn Black
, founder of the GEI, said: "We applaud the Green Globes
Rating/Certification Program on this monumental achievement. Concerning indoor air quality, in particular, this new ANSI Standard opens up new opportunities for architects, designers, specifiers, builders, contractors and developers to find and incorporate third-party-certified low-emitting products and materials."
The ANSI/GBI 01-2010 helps simplify the task of finding qualified products by providing a user-friendly list of credible third-party certification programs where appropriate, the release added.