Tech and Green Standards Collide
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., garners a bulk of the attention when it came to green standards in design and construction. While it is a very commonly used standard in construction, others are making some noise as of late as well.
One example is the Green Seal certification. Green Seal, www.greenseal.org, Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization that has developed a science-based standard that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, www.ansi.org, Washington, D.C.
Green Seal is a bit different from LEED in the fact it doesn’t certify buildings, but rather certifies products and materials that go into buildings. Green Seal is referenced in LEED and other code standards in the construction industry.
Recently, Green Seal announced a partnership with GreenWizard, www.greenwizard.com, Charleston, S.C., a product management and project-collaboration solution. Through a new alliance, Green Seal will work with its manufacturers to include building product data in GreenWizard.
For construction teams, this means Green Seal-certified products will be searchable within GreenWizard’s technology. This will facilitate specification of those products in green construction.
Adam Bernholz, founder and CEO, GreenWizard, says, “Green Seal has long been a product standards and certification leader in the green-building sector, and it’s only natural that the products they certify should be searchable within the GreenWizard platform.”
GreenWizard is also a LEED Automation partner, meaning the platform assesses LEED design and construction credits and integrates with LEED Online.
Another green building standard to keep an eye on comes from the GBI (Green Building Initiative), www.thegbi.org, Portland, Ore., a nonprofit organization, that has developed a new consensus-based standard for the design, construction, and operations of environmentally friendly buildings. The American National Standards Institute has recently reviewed and approved the standard.
The use of technology will play a crucial role going forward in managing green standards and certifications. A previously spreadsheet-based process can now be managed through collaboration and documentation portals, ensuring the correct information is on hand for the construction and certification process.