Mission: The green business certification inc. (gbci) is an independent, third-party organization committed to ensuring precision in the design, development, and implementation of the processes used to increase and measure green building performance (certification) and green building practice (credentialing). Established in 2007 to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the u. S. Green building council's leadership in energy and environmental design (leed ) green building rating systems , gbci offers the marketplace the highest-level validation that leed building certifications and leed professional credentials have met specific, rigorous criteria.
Programs: Gbci administered 24,483 exam sessions in 2014. The objective in offering credentialing examinations is to qualify green building professionals in order to provide the green building industry with knowledgeable individuals who can successfully steward the leed certification process, thereby increasing the adoption and success of leed certified green buildings.
the leed green building certification system is the preeminent program for rating the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 59,000 projects are currently participating in the leed system, comprising of nearly 10 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 135 countries. Leed-certified buildings contribute to a more sustainable built environment.
peer rating system (performance excellence in electricity renewal):peer is a dynamic, adaptive rating process designed to measure and improve sustainable power system performance. The peer system serves as a tool to accelerate transformation of the electricity sector. By engaging in the peer process, power grids have an opportunity to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their performance, documenting the value produced, and demonstrating meaningful outcomes. Peer is a certification program that measures and improves power system performance and electricity delivery systems. Through peer, power grids can gain a competitive advantage by differentiating performance, documenting value produced and demonstrating meaningful outcomes.
The GBCI is the building and certification branch of the US Green Buidling Council (USGBC).
While they certify "Green Buidlings" based on the criteria that is established by the USGBC in their LEED program, they also create and maintain a money flow by certifying LEED Accredited Professionals and then require them to get continuing education credits, and renew annually. It is a great cash flow for them as they draw you in and then make you keep paying to be part of the group.
It is a shame that the "Green Buildings" are only less bad and that they make it so expensive to get a GREEN certification.