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  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 time

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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 www.greenformat.com.

About CSI
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.

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