The Green Building Initiative™ (GBI) will provide free access to its online certification course for Green Globes Professionals™ (GGPs) from Feb. 13 to April 15. GGPs help guide building projects in achieving Green Globes® ratings, awarded for environmentally-focused design and construction.
“We’re seeing an upsurge in demand for Green Globes certification this year, both for building renovations and new construction,” said Jerry Yudelson, GBI’s new president. “By making the training free for a limited period of time we want to ensure, as demand for Green Globes continues to grow, that we have plenty of trained Green Globes Professionals to help make the projects happen.”
By taking and passing an exam at the end of the online training course, architects can earn five learning hours from the American Institute of Architects, in the category of Health, Safety and Welfare.
Building owners, managers and designers use the Green Globes program to guide and assess building projects in seven standard categories: energy, water, materials and resources, emissions, indoor environment, site and project management. Certified projects earn from one to four Green Globes.
GBI recommends that a certified GGP work with clients to provide guidance on using the Green Globes system. Some GGPs are facilities managers from large organizations, such as universities, nonprofits or government agencies, while others are builders, architects, engineers or consultants in private practice. Only those individuals with five or more years’ industry experience are qualified to be certified as GGPs, but others may audit the course.
Usually costing $750, the GGP course takes about five hours to complete and may be accessed on the GBI website any time. To access the free training, visit the website and enter the appropriate code.