The Spec Shaman

The Spec Shaman

The building industry's top specification experts, LEED gurus, and design hotshots offer their best advice, research, and insights to help building product manufacturers increase product specifications. Building product specification is what keeps us up at night. Our team of experts are dedicated to helping building product manufacturers implement meaningful action to create positive outcomes. The goal of this blog is to create insightful, relevant content that building product manufacturers can utilize in their daily lives. Whether you are the company Owner, President, Marketing Manager, Sales Leader, Product Rep, or office intern we hope to provide you with strategies to improve product specification results and grow key parts of your business significantly.

On: Mar 30, 2021 By: Brad Blank
Our ability to make the most out of uncertainty is what creates significant potential value. Building product should not be driven by quick sales or slam dunk product specifications. In the long game, any AEC veteran where certainty ends, progress begins.
On: Mar 23, 2021 By: Brad Blank
How can building product manufacturers reach 5000 architects in one year? More importantly, how can you successfully engage with 5000 architects or design professionals and have a significant impact on their specification decisions? Let’s find out . . . Challenges Of Reaching 5000 Design Professionals
On: Mar 16, 2021 By: Brad Blank
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected product specifications and education? What long term effects will we see from the crisis regarding outreach to AEC firms? What did 2000+ design professionals request for education resources? Let’s find out . . .
On: Feb 26, 2021 By: GreenCE, Inc.
leed exam
According to the USGBC, the LEED v4.1 rating systems balloting will begin in 2021. The balloting process takes up to one year and will not conclude in 2021. The LEED credential exams will be updated after balloting and the GBCI will confirm the plans only after balloting is complete. In the meantime, all the GBCI credential exams continue to be based on LEED v4.
On: Feb 22, 2021 By: GreenCE, Inc.
Texas power outage
The Texas power crisis in 2021 has involved significant power outages, food and water shortages, and caused severe disruptions to daily lives. Storms swept across Texas in early February leaving over 4 million people without electricity. There will no doubt be more disasters caused by climate destabilization in the future. How can building product manufacturers help out? Texas Deregulation Of Electricity


GreenCE offers AIA HSW online continuing education, LEED online courses, ADA online courses, and LEED Exam Prep. GreenCE helps design professionals obtain their AIA HSW hours, LEED-specific hours, barrier-free hours, and IDCEC CE hours. The website delivers LEED Exam Prep for the LEED Green Associate exam, LEED BD+C exam, and LEED O+M exam. The online LEED certification courses educate architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and students.

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.

GreenCE is an AIA Education Provider and offers free AIA online courses. The free AIA courses are sponsored by building product manufacturers. In addition, the platform offers barrier-free ADA courses for Texas and California architects. Texas barrier-free online courses and California Accessibility courses meet state requirements. TX ADA courses and CA ADA courses are created by the top ADA experts in the country.

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.