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GreenSpec was the first national online directory of green building products, and it is widely used today by building designers and product specifiers. Products for GreenSpec are selected by BuildingGreen's editors, based on their own research and analysis of products. GreenFormat is a Web-based CSI format that allows manufacturers to self-report the sustainability properties of their products in a standard manner. CSI developed GreenFormat with support from the Charles Pankow Foundation and the assistance of BuildingGreen
The two directories complement each other.
- GreenFormat provides a uniform, organized structure for manufacturers to report the sustainable properties of their products. It offers professionals who make building product choices the information they need to assess products according to their projects' needs. (CSI neither evaluates nor endorses the products listed in GreenFormat.)
- GreenSpec evaluates building products, selecting for inclusion those that meet key green criteria. Under this pilot program, GreenSpec will provide a link from an accepted product's listing in its directory to that product's listing in GreenFormat for those who need additional information.
GreenSpec will guarantee review of unsolicited suggestions for product listings if comprehensive information about those products is provided through GreenFormat. "GreenFormat will provide GreenSpec with structured product information that will help us make apples-to-apples comparisons among green products," said BuildingGreen's research director Jennifer Atlee. "We believe that working with CSI will help BuildingGreen in its mission to cut through the green wash and provide reliable product assessments to our customers and the larger building industry."
Manufacturers can list products on GreenFormat regardless of whether BuildingGreen accepts the product for listing in GreenSpec.
The GreenSpec-GreenFormat pilot program will run for up to six months and if successful will be continued as part of ongoing joint efforts by CSI and BuildingGreen to help the industry select and evaluate products.
To submit a product for GreenSpec review via GreenFormat, visit https://webportal.csinet.org/greenformat/trackbg.asp.