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.
- 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
during the conference, drawing interest from manufacturers, designers,
specifiers and other construction professionals who make product choices in
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, MasterFormat divisions
organize GreenFormat. 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
“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; MasterFormat divisions in a
spec-friendly layout organize product listings. 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 Introduces Green Format
December 5, 2008