The industry-supported Green Globes rating system for green building construction is gaining parity with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards after Green Globes gained endorsement from the General Services Administration. This article compares the two green building standards in terms of the cost of certification, environmental benefits and other factors. While the Green Globes program is less costly and more user-friendly, the LEED system helps projects to be more sustainable through its emphasis on nontoxic building materials, this article says.

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