New format promotes environmental performance

The Construction Specifications Institute and Building- Green Inc., an independent company that provides information designed to help improve the environmental performance of buildings, have agreed to work together on the implementation of GreenFormat.

GreenFormat, developed by CSI, is a standard format for reporting the properties of products that have an impact on sustainable design and construction. CSI is developing a database- driven Web site based around GreenFormat categories and questions to store and provide access to the format for submittal by manufacturers and use by practitioners. The database and Web site will be built on the same platform as CSI’s Masterformat. com site. BuildingGreen will provide technical support to the ongoing refinement of theGreenFormat questionnaire for products submitted to GreenFormat and to BuildingGreen’s GreenSpec Directory, as well as help CSI with the continued development of additional questions and information categories.

Since all submissions to GreenFormat are self-reported and manufacturers are responsible for certifying they have answered the questions correctly and in good faith, and because it is in the best interest of GreenFormat that there be no obvious errors in any listings, BuildingGreen has agreed to review submissions for completeness and perform periodic quality control reviews on the data.

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