GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Parksmart and Zero Waste.

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Certification Programs

More than 300 full time GBCI technical experts and consultants specialize in architecture, engineering and building management.

GBCI has a global strategic partnership with Bureau Veritas to deliver onsite certification and verification as well in country support to project teams. GBCI is known around the globe for its commitment to quality and transparency.

LEED


GBCI administers the LEED certification program, performing third-party technical reviews and verification of registered projects to determine if they have met the standards set forth by the LEED rating system. Dedicated technical experts ensure building certification meets the highest levels of quality and integrity.

EDGE


GBCI is a certification provider for EDGE in nearly 120 countries around the globe and the exclusive certification provider for EDGE in India. EDGE is a green building certification system for residential and commercial buildings that enables design teams and project owners to assess the most cost effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into their buildings.

GRESB


GRESB is an independently operated subsidiary of GBCI. Established in 2009, GRESB is an investor-driven organization that is transforming the way we assess Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally, including real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets.

Parksmart


GBCI administers Parksmart, formerly known as Green Garage Certification, the world’s only rating system that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.

PEER


GBCI administers PEER, or Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal, a comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance.

SITES


GBCI administers the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®), a program that offers a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance, and ultimately elevate the value of landscapes.

TRUE


GBCI now administers TRUE Zero Waste certification, a program for businesses to assess performance in reducing waste and maximizing resource efficiency.

WELL


GBCI administers the WELL Building Standard, an evidence-based standard, which sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

Credentialing Programs

GBCI credentials consist of competency exams and certificate programs. The GBCI credentialing team consists of program managers, test developers and psychometricians who design, develop and maintain the credentialing exams.

The exams are constructed using rigorous test development best practices to assess whether working professionals have the minimum competencies to perform their jobs. GBCI credentials require ongoing maintenance every two years, in order to encourage credentialed professionals to participate in learning experiences that demonstrate continued competency and up-to-date industry knowledge. Review GBCI's Credentialing Maintenance Program Guide.

GBCI has received and maintained Personnel Certification accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) since 2011. Accreditation ensures that a certification agency meets a recognized standard for the programs and services it employs, and that the certification agency is engaged in continuous review and quality improvement.


LEED Green AssociateLEED AP BDCLEED AP OMLEED AP IDCLEED AP NDLEED AP Homes

GBCI develops and administers the ANSI-accredited LEED professional credential exams, which include the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credentials.

Learn more about LEED professional credentials

WELL

The WELL AP program provides professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate advanced knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment. WELL APs have a documented, full understanding of the industry’s latest principles and practices, along with a specialization in the WELL Building Standard program.

Learn more about WELL AP

SITES

New to GBCI’s suite of credentials, the SITES AP is the first credential specifically targeted to those who work and care about land and its resources, and the communities they support.

The credential establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development, and also provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession. The exam was built on the expertise of leading practitioners and is intended to test a candidate’s competency to perform the job functions of a SITES AP.

Learn more about SITES AP

About GBCI

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

GBCI is comprised of 140+ staff experts and 600 consultants apportioned into three teams that form a paramount organization through certification, credentialing and customer support. With locations in the U.S., Europe and India, GBCI supports project teams and professionals in over 160 countries.

GBCI provides third party verification services for certification and credentialing through a scientific process by which a product, process or service is reviewed by a reputable and unbiased third party to verify that a set of criteria, claims or standards are being met. Certification and credentialing is used within the global green building industry to demonstrate credibility, provide a metric for comparisons and add significant value. Interested? Contact us.

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GBCI mission
Mission: Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization for independently recognizing excellence in sustainability performance and practice globally. Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green business practices, which fosters global competitiveness and enhances environmental performance and human health benefits.
GBCI vision
Vision: Businesses and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

Guiding Principles

GBCI ensures best in class delivery and full service offerings including brand building and brand management, user experience, platform development, sales and marketing. GBCI also provides a comprehensive go to market strategy support including sales, technical support, customer experience, marketing, advocacy and event management.

Quality

Quality

We strive to ensure our methodologies and tools are consistent, rigorous and objective in measuring green business performance and professional practice.

Transparency

Transparency

We are open in how we work and with the information we share to help create predictability and confidence in the marketplace and for our stakeholders.

Innovative

Innovative

We’re constantly adapting and improving to meet the global marketplace’s current needs, advancing our knowledge to accelerate green business practices internationally.

Providing Excellence in Service

Customer service

We establish high quality, enduring relationships with our customers and clients through our responsiveness and excellence in service.

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Global impact

We drive market transformation that’s economically, environmentally and socially responsible by verifying strong, green business performance and recognizing individual expertise through accreditation.