Green Buildings Certification Institute (GBCI)
The Green Buildings Certification Institute (GBCI) was established in January 2008. Although it is a separate organization from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it was created specifically to administer the LEED Green Building Accreditation system developed originally by the USGBC for rating buildings by the degree to which they adhere to good practices for running environmentally friendly, energy efficient, ergonomic buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.
The GBCI is an independent, third-party organization not directly affiliated with the USGBC or the government. They oversee the LEED AP Credential Maintenance Program, under which they assure that LEED credentials continue to reflect state-of-the-art criteria for green building and construction and that those who hold LEED AP credentials participate in continuing education in a rapidly changing field where standards and practices are changing on a nearly daily basis.
Last Updated: 09/29/2012