CSI to debut GreenFormat at Greenbuild conference

by Jbs102908 h3 — October 31, 2008—The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will introduce GreenFormat at the US Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo, November 18-20, 2008, 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-served basis and will take place Wednesday, November 19 at noon.

CSI and the Metropolitan New York Chapter will also hold a post-conference education session, 2-6pm, Friday, November 21. “Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications” is for 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. Designers, constructors, and building managers will be able to use GreenFormat to find basic information about products to help meet “green” requirements.

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 January 1, 2009.