Green Building Services grows up
By Wendy Culverwell
Real Estate Daily editor
Ralph DiNola says Green Building Services reorganized to get beyond LEED.
A small company that spun out from Portland General Electric Co. in 2005 to promote sustainable building has altered its outlook as worldwide interest in green building soars.
Green Building Services Inc. began with about a dozen energy efficiency experts eager to bring the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system to the construction industry.
It quickly emerged as a go-to resource for green-minded developers as LEED grew to dominate the certification market. In Portland, GBS consulted on almost all the groundbreaking projects that earned the area’s first LEED plaques.
Today, GBS employs 30 and has a global reach. Its recent projects have taken it to 24 states and 19 countries.
GBS began as a LEED consultant on new construction and redevelopment projects. In the past year, it has reorganized and now wants to make all buildings more efficient by offering technical support and training to help existing building owners green their buildings.
Targeting existing buildings offers the biggest opportunity to have an impact, DiNola said. Existing commercial buildings consume an estimated 40 percent of energy used in the U.S.
Ralph DiNola, one of four principals, said GBS reorganized after recognizing it wanted to do more than help developers secure the coveted glass “LEED” plaques for their buildings.
“Working one building at a time is not going to bring about the change that needs to happen. We have decided we would like to have more impact,” he said.
Nevertheless, its roots remain firmly planted in the LEED universe.
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