The Construction Specifications Instiute announced plans to introduce GreenFormat™ (www.greenformat.com) at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo, scheduled for Nov. 18-20 in Boston. Demonstrations of the format will be conducted throughout the event in booth 352.
CSI will also offer an education session, “CSI GreenFormat: Review of the Construction Product Sustainability Reporting Guide Release Version.” The session is open to all conference attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
CSI and the Metropolitan New York Chapter will also hold a post-conference education session from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. The session, “Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications,” is aimed at construction specifiers, designers, and other team members who need to know how to integrate LEED requirements into specifications. The session will include directions for using GreenFormat in specifications.
Developed in collaboration with CSI member specifiers, product manufacturers, BuildingGreen Inc., and the Charles Pankow Foundation, GreenFormat is a new web-based CSI format that provides a standardized framework for identifying the sustainable properties of building products, CSI said. Designers, builders, and building managers will be able to use GreenFormat to find basic information about products to help meet “green” requirements, the institute said.
“We are excited to release GreenFormat and will be offering educational sessions and demonstrations at our booth throughout Greenbuild,” said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. “We have completed an extensive testing process with manufacturers, and have received many positive comments on the new format. Those in the construction industry that rely on CSI formats and practice guidelines will find GreenFormat reliable and easy to use, and a real benefit for bringing organization to the information overload that exists today.”
Product listings in GreenFormat 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. To enter products into the database, building-product manufacturers complete an online questionnaire that collects sustainable information about their products. Data from the completed questionnaires is then displayed in a standardized manner to ease sustainable-design decision making.
More than 100 manufacturers already participate in GreenFormat. CSI is offering manufacturers a free account and product listing on GreenFormat if they sign up by Jan. 1, 2009. More information about signing up is available from Sarah Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about GreenFormat will be available from CSI at booth 352 at Greenbuild, or on the website located at www.greenformat.com.