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The Spec Shaman - Getting Specified

Building product manufacturers who want to get specified by architects can find strategies and suggestions in our weekly blog posts. Building product specification is crucial for manufacturers and our team offers the best resources available. Blog post topics include: 3 part CSI guide specifications, AIA continuing education, and building product rep training. Building product manufacturers who want to get their products specified can check our platform every week for valuable information about the AEC industry. Guest bloggers are always welcome. Please contact us for submission information and requirements.

On: Jul 1, 2020 By: Brad Blank
Building product manufacturers have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic crisis sweeping the nation. Significant challenges face manufacturers in 2020 and potentially for years to come as life and business has been upended by the ongoing crisis. How can manufacturers stay afloat and succeed during these difficult times? Let’s find out . . . Economic Challenges For Product Manufacturers
On: Jun 12, 2020 By: Brad Blank
Safety First Pilot Credits
The USGBC has launched four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The credits contain sustainable best practices that relates to public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace re-occupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. We will provide an examination of the LEED v4.1 credits and how they can help project teams.
On: May 25, 2020 By: Brad Blank
The USGBC has announced it will update LEED v4.1 to address the challenges posed by the pandemic crisis. USGBC has stated that COVID-19 has changed the landscape forever and it will now help businesses and governments prepare to recalibrate and recover from this vulnerable moment. The USGBC will promote the concept of healthy buildings and a healthy workforce.
On: May 8, 2020 By: Brad Blank
Over the past several months, the coronavirus pandemic has upended our daily lives and made the future difficult to predict. A wise sage once said, “a good forecaster is not smarter than everyone else, they merely have their ignorance better organized.” What will the construction industry look like in six months? A year? Let’s review current changes and what might happen in the future.
On: Apr 13, 2020 By: Veer Mudambi
It is clear that COVID-19 is drastically affecting the global economy and impacting every industry in some way, shape or form. Aside from the immediate and urgent health concerns, a significant question on everyone’s mind, including those in the construction and building materials industry, is “how will it affect myfield?”
On: Mar 22, 2020 By: Veer Mudambi
Pandemics are defined as large-scale outbreaks of an infectious disease that can vastly increase morbidity (occurrence of disease) and mortality over a wide geographic area.  Inevitably, pandemics cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. Most pandemics in history have originated through “zoonosis’, the transmission of pathogens from animals to humans.
On: Mar 5, 2020 By: GreenCE, Inc.
Product Specification
The relationship between the building product representative and architects, designers, engineers, interior designers, and consultants who write specifications for projects is clearly evolving.  As those who can specify your building product face increasing pressure to deliver more for less on tighter deadlines, it becomes even more imperative to take the right long-term actions to build relationships and trust, and to become a go-to source for information. 
On: Jan 31, 2020 By: Veer Mudambi
As green building activity continues to increase steadily across the world, it is a promising time for building product manufacturers (BPMs). According to a report by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Fifty seven percent of building owners are planning to make the majority of their projects green by 2021.
On: Jan 20, 2020 By: Brad Blank
Circular Economy
How do we create a circular economy? How can LEED v4.1 help support the reduction of waste streams in manufacturing? These are critical issues as we seek to maximize the triple bottom approach. The risks of not doing anything are severe and the rewards of integrating these strategies could help redefine what sustainable manufacturing is.
On: Jan 8, 2020 By: Brad Blank
AIA Course Tips
It’s the dawn of 2020 and an exciting time for building product manufacturers to get their products specified. The industry is advancing via BIM, drones, robotics, and other exciting technological enhancements. Yet, many manufacturers are using AIA courses that look like they were created in the Stone Age. Avoid losing face and take the plunge to revise your antediluvian AIA course.


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GreenCE is a USGBC Education Partner that offers the only free LEED exam prep in the country. The LEED certification course includes a free LEED exam study guide, free LEED practice questions, and LEED certification tips and strategies. In addition, GreenCE offers free courses for LEED APs to obtain their LEED BD+C hours, LEED ID+C hours, and LEED O+M hours. Most GBCI courses are free and in video format.

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Building product manufacturers can get specified by using GreenCE services. GreenCE develops AIA and LEED courses for product manufacturers to educate architects. The online architect courses help build brand awareness about building products. In addition, GreenCE hosts manufacturer webinars for 200-300 architects at a time. The AIA webinars and LEED webinars are free for architects who can learn about various products.

Finally, GreenCE helps manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPDs), LEED v4 product documentation, mindful MATERIALS documentation, Google Portico documentation, and Declare Labels. We value our relationships with design professionals and building product manufacturers. They are crucial to our success.