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Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI
Senior Member
Username: rliebing

Post Number: 664
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Trying to assess specified products for one of our clients [have their own set of master specs].

Is there are good, comprehensive drectory listing "green" products?

We are under a subsription service but the manufacturers in it list only a few of their products. When we take the added time to contact them direclty, we find a litany of other qualifiying products.

Why are the manufacturers reluctant to list all of their products that comply?

Frustrating! Nerve-racking and VERY difficult to understand
Colin Gilboy
Senior Member
Username: colin

Post Number: 102
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

No good comprehensive directory. The task is just too big to do it for free, and the criteria for being "green" changes.

There is a cost to the manufacturer - time, listing costs (a probable problem for CSI's Green Format), and product changes - that means the only reliable information source will be their website and even that is not always up-to-date.

We are offering advertiser a link to a LEED statement they maintain on their website, and even simple page is not provided by many advertisers and non-advertisers.
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 04:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

There is a very good comprehensive directory called Green Spec, which you can get as a hard copy and also an electronic subscription that is updated regularly. Go to the web site buildinggreen.com and check it out.
Joel McKellar, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Intermediate Member
Username: joelmckellar

Post Number: 4
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 08:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Green spec is great for third party, unbiased info, and access to the Environmental Building News articles is well worth it. It's also very easy to search (searchable by masterformat and LEED credits)

The directory falls down though when it comes to giving hard numbers (recycled content, renewable content, etc.). It's the best I've seen though, and worth the money. I use it at least twice a week.

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