CSI will introduce GreenFormat at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo, Nov. 18-20 in Boston. Demonstrations of the format will be conducted throughout the event.

The institute will also offer an education session, “CSI GreenFormat: Review of the Construction Product Sustainability Reporting Guide Release Version.” The session is open to all conference attendees and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon.

CSI and the Metropolitan New York Chapter will also hold a post-conference education session for construction specifiers, designers and other team members who need to know how to integrate LEED requirements into specifications. This session, “Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications” will include directions for using GreenFormat in specifications.

“We are excited to release GreenFormat and will be offering educational sessions and demonstrations at our booth throughout Greenbuild,” said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. “We have completed an extensive testing process with manufacturers and have received many positive comments on the new format. Those in the construction industry that rely on CSI formats and practice guidelines will find GreenFormat reliable and easy to use, and a real benefit for bringing organization to the information overload that exists today.”

Developed in collaboration with CSI member specifiers, product manufacturers, BuildingGreen and the Charles Pankow Foundation, GreenFormat is a Web-based format that provides a standardized framework for identifying the sustainable properties of building products. Designers, constructors and building managers will be able to use GreenFormat to find basic information about products to help meet green requirements.

More than 100 manufacturers already participate in GreenFormat. CSI is offering manufacturers a free account and product listing on GreenFormat if they sign up by Jan. 1, 2009. For more information, visit  www.greenformat.com.