Energy Star, as offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), examines building energy usage and compares that data to national averages to establish a rating, the story stated.
According to the article, the Energy Star rating complements LEED-CI certification as it examines energy usage, a major component of the LEED-CI process.
Green Globes, originally developed in Canada and adapted for the U.S. in 2004, is similar to LEED-CI in that only points applicable to the specific project are taken into consideration; projects are not penalized for not achieving irrelevant points, the story noted.
According to the story, Green Globes differs from LEED-CI because once a building is constructed, a team of third-party assessors — including architects and engineers — walk the building to ensure it meets certification requirements.
The total cost of Green Globe certification for a 15,000-square-foot office building ends up being about $5,000 more than LEED-CI certification, the story added.
Sarah Gudeman, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), said: "People haven''t really heard of [Green Globe]. It''s no wonder people lean more towards LEED. The two rating systems aren''t supposed to be in competition, but I honestly don''t see how they would conceivably fit together [like LEED-CI and Energy Star do]. Still, it''s good to know what''s out there."