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AIA Approves Continuing Education Credit For Green Globes Course

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Construction & Renovation, Economic Development, Environment, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, FM Alert, New Facilities Construction, Professional Development, Safety, Sustainability, Topics

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Published on July 31, 2013 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced that the new Green Globes® training course was approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for continuing education credit. AIA members need 18 Learning Units per year, 12 of which must be for Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW).

To receive credit, users must watch “Green Globes for New Construction,” a free the webinar on green building certification. This course is intended for design and construction professionals interested in green building rating systems.

The course code is GBIGGNCJul13; it can be found in the AIA online course directory. The learning objectives of the course include the following:

  • Explain the GBI relationship with Green Globes and the background of both.
  • Describe the attributes of the Green Globes building assessment program.
  • Define the eligibility requirements for Green Globes NC.
  • Discuss each of the environmental assessment areas for Green Globes NC.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the background of the Guiding Principles and identify the environmental assessment areas of the Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) program.
  • Summarize the Green Globes NC assessment process.
  • Explain the enhancements and features of the Green Globes NC online tool.
  • Describe the rating scale for Green Globes NC and GPC programs.
  • Identify the support tools available for the Green Globes NC program.

The course provides an overview of the features and use of the newly released version of Green Globes for New Construction (NC), which is based on an ANSI Standard (ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings). The updated program contains major enhancements throughout, with a particular focus on the Energy and Materials & Resources sections. It also incorporates criteria to evaluate the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings.

After viewing the webinar, the user must pass a 10-question online exam and complete an online evaluation. Links to the exam and course evaluation are provided at the end of the webinar. Users must then send GBI an e-mail request containing their AIA member number in order to receive one HSW Learning Unit from AIA.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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