New Web Tools to help you green up your building!

January 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

Tonight we have a couple of shiny new toys for those of you looking to green your buildings and companies.

The first is a site called GreenFormat.com (http://greenformat.com/).  It is a mateials database that should be a great help to architects and contracotrs everywhere.  I came across it in a story on Real Life Leed (http://www.reallifeleed.com/2009/01/csi-greenformat.html).

Excerpt: ” CSI made a wise choice in deciding not to try to define “green” in any way. Instead, they opted for an approach where they just provide information in an agnostic manner and leave you to your own conclusions. The reporting for each product is extensive… VERY extensive… perhaps even TOO extensive, which is saying something. You’ll find info about third party certifications, manufacturing and extraction locations, background info on the manufacturing process, shipping materials, product lifespans, buyback/recycling programs, and a host of other non-environmentally related testing info.

The next is brought to you by the folks at the Environment Defense Fund and their tool is call the Innovation Exchange (http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagid=31186). The link takes you to the getting started section.

Excerpt: “If your company is just starting to address its environmental impact, welcome. You can make satisfying progress through near-term changes, and we encourage you to do that.

But you’ll see the biggest environmental and financial gains in the long term by incorporating environmental opportunities into your overall business strategy.

Regardless of the type, size or location of your company, here are five fundamental steps you can take to understand your company’s biggest environmental opportunities, then set ambitious yet achievable goals across your entire organization.

Enjoy and I hope that this trend continues as it is often the hardest part of greening a poject is to choose the materials that are to go into it.

As always I thank you for your time and interest. Please take the time to Digg, Stumble Upon or add to the other social network of your choice to help me spread the word about these issues. Please forward any questions or suggestions to: askthefm@gmail.com

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