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GreenFormat for Green Building Product Selection

GreenFormat provides a standardized framework for identifying the sustainable properties of building products.

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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.

CSI will also offer an education session, "CSI GreenFormat: Review of the Construction Product Sustainability Reporting Guide Release Version."

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. GreenFormat was developed in collaboration with CSI member specifiers, product manufacturers, BuildingGreen, Inc., and the Charles Pankow Foundation.

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