The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) agreed to work together on “green” practices Nov. 7, at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago.

The two organizations signed a “memo of understanding” that provides an open exchange of information regarding “green” or “sustainable” practices during the entire facility lifecycle. It articulates several areas of joint interest, including development of documentation practices and procedures that achieve sustainability in construction. “Key to this,” states CSI’s Executive Director, Walt Marlowe, “is the opportunity for members of each organization to collaborate on the development of practices and procedures to achieve sustainability in construction.”

CSI is considered to be the leading organization dedicated to creating standards and formats for construction documentation and project delivery. The memo indicates that CSI and USGBC seek ways to collaborate in continuing education networks and training programs for building product manufacturers and designers to remain current on LEED requirements.