What is GBIG?
The Green Building Information Gateway
GBIG is a global innovation platform for exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment. GBIG is the premier search engine for green building data, providing insights that enable better buildings and communities.
- GBIG is brought to you by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), champions of the green building movement, and the creators of LEED.
- Who should use GBIG?
- Anyone interested in green building. GBIG provides tools that allow project teams, portfolio managers, investors, product manufacturers, researchers – and the general public – to discover green buildings around the world, generate insights and accelerate market transformation.
- How is GBIG organized?
- GBIG is organized around activities (projects at or within a building), buildings, places, strategies and collections. Users can navigate the site through these main areas, browse featured content, or simply enter keywords into the search.
- What are GBIG Places?
- GBIG Places provide an overview of green building activity for a specific location. Place pages allow users to discover and compare cities, states, congressional districts, and countries along key indicators.
- What is an activity?
- An activity is any event representing green building design and construction, facilities management, performance measurement, benchmarking or disclosure of data, achievement of an award or certification. Activities include commercial interior build-outs, retrofits of existing buildings, new green construction, engagement in an ongoing performance monitoring program, and other tangible actions and commitments to sustainability.
- Can there be multiple activities in a single building?
- Yes! Many commercial office buildings have multiple LEED-certified interior spaces, along with whole building certifications and awards. Occasionally projects will recertify through LEED, so there may be multiple LEED certifications on the same building over time. The sequence of green building activities that have taken place at a site or address can be viewed in the Timeline feature found on Building pages.
- Why can't I find my LEED Certified project in GBIG?
- There are a number of possible reasons you may not be able to find your LEED project in GBIG. Confidential projects are not displayed in GBIG, although they are counted and represented in aggregate numbers for places. Also, data is frequently updated in GBIG and there may be a lag between the time when a project certifies and when it appears in GBIG.
- The name or address of my LEED project is incorrect. How can I fix this?
- Click on the "Fix this location" link at the top of the project page to enter corrections.
- Can I add new or edit existing projects?
- Not yet, but we're planning to build features for GBIG that will enable users to submit their own content and upload photos.
- How are featured buildings or activities chosen?
- Featured content is selected by the GBIG team of researchers and analysts. If you know of a building we should consider featuring, please let us know.
- How can a LEED project achieve more than the maximum number of points for a credit or credit category?
- Total points achieved within a LEED Credit Category may exceed maximum available value when projects are awarded LEED Regional Priority Credits (RPCs). The concept of RPCs was introduced in the LEED 2009 rating systems to incentivize the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental priorities. A project may earn up to four bonus points as a result of earning RPCs.
- How come some LEED projects don't have a dashboard link?
- Prior to the development of LEED Online, many projects were certified using paper submittals. For this reason, point-by-point credit achievement data – the foundation for GBIG dashboards – is not readily accessible for every LEED project. Fortunately, credit achievement data is available for the majority of projects, and with the advent of LEED Online, will be available for all non-confidential LEED projects going forward.
- What does the benchmarking button do?
- The GBIG Benchmark tool is an advanced feature that allows logged-in users to evaluate an individual building or project in relation to a comparison group. To start, the Benchmark tool displays total points achieved by a project and the average point achievement for its comparison set. Click the down arrow to show a more detailed view of achievement within each collection.
- How does GBIG segment projects into space usage types and owner sectors? What do those categories mean?
Projects in GBIG are mapped to a primary use type and an owner sector. Use type refers to the activity of the building occupants or tenants. For example, if a building is being used as an elementary school, its use type would be "K-12 Education." Projects may have more than one use type associated with them, such as an office building with ground floor retail. GBIG aims to represent the primary use type of a building or project. The owner sector refers to the project or building owner's industry. For example, the Government owner sector would include all projects owned by federal, state, and local governments. In many cases, the project or building owner is not the same as the tenant.
To see a list of all GBIG use types and owner sectors, click below.
- Mixed Use
- Bank Branch
- K-12 Education
- Public Assembly
- Public Safety
- Warehouse (non-refrig)
- Recreation Center
- Full Service
- Vehicle Service
- Neighborhood Center
- Limited Service
- Medical Office
- Convention Center
- Regional Mall
- Automotive Dealer
- Assisted Living
- Convenience Store
- International Government
- Warehouse (refrig)
- Single Family
- Interpretive Center
- Post Office
- Animal Care
- What are GBIG collections?
- Collections are portfolios of green buildings that share a common theme, and can be summarized and compared along key indicators and metrics. GBIG features collections that highlight the impacts of policy, technology and economic partnerships on green building. GBIG also presents collections that group projects and buildings according to their location, owner or investor, or successful implementation of certain green building strategies.
- Can I create my own collections?
- Not yet. Currently, only GBIG administrators can create collections, but we are exploring options to expose this feature to all GBIG users.
- Where can I find out about a specific green building practice or approach?
- Strategies allow GBIG users to select individual LEED credits by Rating System and version, and find the projects that earned them. Maps and tables expose the distribution and frequency of achievement of green building strategies as represented by LEED credits. For example, one could use Strategies to find projects on redeveloped brownfield sites, or projects using on-site renewable energy, or see how frequently daylighting strategies are used. For detailed information on LEED credit requirements, please see USGBC's Rating System documents. USGBC's Rating System documents.