CSI Introduces GreenFormat™|
• New CSI Format for critical building product sustainability information
• Web-based green product information saves designers and constructors time
• Results are organized by MasterFormat and spec-friendly
• CSI is offering manufacturers free on-line product listings for a limited
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The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) unveiled GreenFormat™, a
Web-based database of green product information, at the U.S. Green Building
Council's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. CSI
demonstrated the new resource, accessible at www.greenformat.com, during the
conference, drawing interest from manufacturers, designers, specifiers and other
construction professionals who make product choices in construction.
GreenFormat is a new CSI format that provides a standardized framework for
identifying the sustainable properties of building products. The free, Web-based
search offers a fast-and-easy, unbiased approach to evaluating green product
information, saving time for designers, specifiers, and constructors. Like all
CSI's standards and formats, GreenFormat is organized by MasterFormat divisions.
Its downloadable results are spec-friendly.
The requirements of the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Green
Building Rating System™ are among the standards referenced within GreenFormat's
search to help searchers achieve their green project goals.
"CSI received overwhelmingly positive feedback on GreenFormat during GreenBuild,"
said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE. "Designers
can use GreenFormat to sift through the green information flooding the
construction industry quickly and easily."
CSI is offering manufacturers a free one-year subscription of product listings
on GreenFormat for a limited time.
To enter products into the database, building product manufacturers complete an
online questionnaire that collects sustainable information about their products.
Sustainability claims are verified by relating questions to compliance with
standards and certifications. Information is then displayed in a standardized
manner; product listings are organized by MasterFormat divisions in a
spec-friendly layout. The format's categories focus on topics that are important
to design and product selection decisions.
"We developed GreenFormat to address the need for consistently and concisely
structured information about product sustainability, to help those searching for
the right product,"said Roger Grant, CSI Director Technical Services and
Development. "As we strive to refine the database and its functionality we ask
for comments and feedback from the industry."
To learn more about GreenFormat, visit
CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to
improve construction documents and project delivery. The organization is unique
in the industry in that its members are a cross-section of specifiers,
architects, engineers, contractors and building materials suppliers. The
organization has 146 chapters and more than 15,000 members. Monthly chapter
meetings allow members the opportunity to communicate openly with their
counterparts and exchange information for successful project management. CSI is
renowned in the industry for its rigorous certification programs for
professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of accurate and concise
construction documents. CSI provides continuing education, professional
conferences and product shows. For more information, visit
http://www.csinet.org/ or call 800.689.2900.