Spec Shaman Secrets

Spec Shaman Secrets

A secret is defined as something that is not properly understood or a mystery. The Spec Shaman blog offers critical insight into the mysteries of the building product specification process. The platform includes information about LEED v4, Health Product Declarations (HPDs), and getting specified. Sometimes blog posts don’t relate directly to any of those topics and find their home here. We hope to educate building product manufacturers about crucial information related to the construction industry. Guest bloggers are welcome. Please contact GreenCE for submission requirements.

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On: Aug 20, 2019 By: Brad Blank
How LEED v4.1 Credits Affect Product Manufacturers and Water Conservation
LEED v4.1 will be an effective tool to help reduce water waste around the world. According to the United Nations, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater. Every day almost 1,000 children die to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. How can LEED v4.1 help conserve water and what can building product manufacturers do to help the cause?
On: Dec 21, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
TOTOUSA Leads the Way in Sustainable Manufacturing
In the architecture, design, and engineering world, TOTOUSA is known as the world’s largest toilet manufacturer. It began in Japan over one hundred years ago by Kazuchika Okuras as a way to develop a healthier and cleaner living space. Okuras had a vision after visiting Europe, before Japan was hit by the concept of public sewage systems, so in 1917 he founded Toyo Toki K.K. Eventually that became TOTO LTD. in 1970.
On: Dec 6, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
4 Trends That Will Affect Specification in 2019
"Trend" isn’t necessarily a word a manufacturer wants to have used to describe their product, when used in reference to short-lived fads. But Merriam-Webster defines the word at least four different ways in its noun form: a prevailing tendency or inclination; a general movement; a current style or preference; or a line of development. None of these mean short-lived or like a fad.
On: Sep 18, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
Accessible Design, Universal Design, and Social Equity in the AEC Industry—Part 2
Last week, Part 1 of this blog pair discussed the lack of accessible housing in America and explained the difference between accessible design, universal design, and equitable design. As a reminder, accessible design is a process in which all the needs of differently abled people are considered, specifically regarding how their access to everyday activities and living is made possible.
On: Sep 14, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
Accessible Design, Universal Design, and Social Equity in the AEC Industry—Part 1
Recently, a Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote was shared on social media. It said, “When I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, 'When there are nine,' people are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.” I am a middle-aged woman who has spent more of my life on the side of feminism and social equity than not, yet this quote blew my mind.

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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.

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