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Green Building Guidelines

breeam BREEAM: voluntary, established in UK in 1990 by Building Research Establishment. Has been exported across the globe.

greenglobes USGBC LEED: Voluntary, established in U.S.A. in 1993. Used BREEAM as the foundation, beyond code requirements for different types of buildings.

leed_logo Green Globe: Started in Canada in 1996 based on BREEAM. Adopted by Green Building Initiatives in U.S.A. in 2002 as an alternative to LEED.

living building Living Building Challenge: Launched in 2006, operated by Cascadia Region Green Building Council, is comprised of seven performance area "Petals"; Site, Water, energy, Health, Material, Equity, and Beauty . Petals divided into 20 imperatives focusing on specific issues. Sets the highest bar for green rating systems.

ashrae ASHRAE Standards 189: Developed jointly with USGBC and IESNA. Released in 2009, its purpose to create green building guidance and standards that can be adopted as code and referenced in specifications.

passivhaus PassiveHaus: Developed in Germany, focus on envelop, glazing, insulation, decrease heating load. Exclusively focusing on energy efficiency and tight envelope with 70-80% energy saving. This standard started in U.S. A. in 2006 by the Passive House Institute U.S.A.

casbee Comprehensive System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE): developed in Japan in 2005, based on BREEAM and LEED. It is four rating tools for environmental performance of building including; pre-design, construction, existing building, and renovations. Managed by Japan sustainable Building Consortium.

igcc International Green Construction Code (IGCC): It is evolved from rating systems and standards such as LEED and ASHRAE 189. Can be adopted by the building authorities. First draft released in 2010.

national green building standard National Green Building Standards: Created by National Association of Homebuilders focusing on single and multi family housing, released in 2008.

Local green building certifications: Addresses local demand and context.