GreenWizard partners with the industry's most forward-thinking organizations and certification programs to keep you on the cutting edge of green building practices.
Ron Blank & Associates
Ron Blank & Associates, Inc. and its affiliates are leading providers of continuing education for building design professionals,
through online courses, Lunch & Learns, webinars, and CE Academies. RBA physically meets with architects, engineers, interior
designers, and other design professionals in over 50 different markets across the U.S. every year through our architectural specification program.
RBA is an AIA Cornerstone Partner and winner of the AIA's Continuing Education Award For Excellence in 2002 and 2008. Since 1985, RBA has helped bridge the gap between building product manufacturers and design professionals.
Are you a design professional or spec writer in need of CE LU's to maintain your AIA membership or state license? CE Academy, Inc. organizes 4 - 8 hours of continuing education in a seminar format so you can earn multiple LU's at one time. The courses are educational in content, AIA registered and are HSW. CE Academy, Inc. will manage the reporting of your credits to the AIA and email you a certificate of completion after the event.
U.S. Green Building Council
GreenWizard is a proud member of the US Green Building Council and sponsor of the South Carolina Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030's mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Their goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
2030 Challenge for Products
Architecture 2030, a nonprofit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030's goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. The 2030 Challenge for Products calls on the global architecture, planning, design and building community to specify, design and manufacture products that will meet a carbon footprint of 30% below the product average through 2014 - then incrementally improving this reduction to 50% by 2030.
GreenWizard has been selected as the technology partner for the 2030 Challenge for Products and will gather and post product carbon data, while enabling direct specification of products that can help meet the goals.
International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
The International Living Future Institute™ is a hub for visionary programs. By integrating ILFI's Declare™ program into GreenWizard's Product Management capabilities, ILFI and GreenWizard will promote greater transparency and accountability in the materials marketplace by creating tools and presenting building product data for a greener built environment.
Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF)
The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is an industry-academic research effort of the University of Washington focused on bringing the data and methods of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to design and construction practice. Recent efforts include leading the development of North American Product Category Rules for Concrete to enable comparable reporting of the environmental footprint (EPDs) of different concrete mix design and testing whole building LCA methods and tools.
Scientific Certification Systems
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental and sustainability claims. Since 1984, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs in pursuit of the highest level of environmental performance and social accountability. Many assessments undertaken by SCS are based on innovative life cycle assessment methodologies. SCS conducts conformity assessments against globally recognized standards developed by highly credible entities.
International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is the first model code to include sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site — from design through construction, certificate of occupancy and beyond. The new code is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. GreenWizard and ICC are working to create a web-based Product Management Workflow™ to deliver relevant building product information, data, and documentation as it relates to IgCC, and to help drive adoption of IgCC’s code-based green building standards.
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to improving the documentation, management and communication of building information as used by the construction community. CSI accomplishes its mission in part through the development and promulgation of construction standards and formats, as well as training and certification programs.
Members of CSI can receive a free GreenWizard account, with access to detailed product information provided by the top manufacturers. In addition, CSI members also enjoy a 10% discount on paid GreenWizard subscriptions.
BIFMA is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA's role has been to sponsor the development and refining of current and future standards, educate on their importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and implemented formats. BIFMA also monitors the state of the industry, serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts with international counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
The Athena Institute is a non-profit research collaborative and the North American leader in bringing the quantified environmental footprint science of Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) to the built environment. Together, GreenWizard and Athena help to make LCA reports and documentation (such as Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs) more accessible to product specifiers, helping to bridge the product information gap between construction professionals and building product manufacturers.
GreenWizard is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR® to promote energy efficient products and practices that save money and protect our environment. ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
MBDC (MCDONOUGH BRAUNGART DESIGN CHEMISTRY)
MBDC is a global consulting and certification firm that helps clients leave a positive footprint on the planet by implementing Cradle to Cradle® design principles. This framework is outlined in the book Cradle to Cradle - Remaking the Way We Make Things written by architect/designer William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. Cradle to Cradle® design involves the use of safe, nontoxic materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients. MBDC is the leading service provider for Cradle to Cradle Certification. MBDC also provides consulting services to help clients integrate the larger Cradle to Cradle® design framework to optimize material health, product life cycles, organizational operations, strategy, decision-making and communications. Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC, LLC.
Certifications / Labels / Declarations
level® is the multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It was created to deliver an open and holistic means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. Taking into account a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection, human and ecosystem health, and numerous other impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives.
Declare is a 'nutrition-label' for building materials that aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication. Declare was created to provide product ingredient and source location information in support of the Living Building Challenge™ materials requirements, but is relevant to all parties seeking information on product health and ecological impact.
GreenCircle Certified, LLC.
GreenCircle Certified, LLC provides internationally recognized third-party certification of sustainable product and environmental manufacturing claims. GreenCircle's rigorous evaluation process provides trusted transparency that a manufacturer's product claims are authentic. In today's discerning market, third-party certification is a valuable asset in establishing brand integrity and developing consumer confidence. GreenCircle offers seven certifications including: Closed-Loop, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Recycled Content, Sustainable Manufacturing Practices, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Optimized, Renewable Energy Use, and Rapidly Renewable Resource Content. These certifications are validated based on the most current internationally recognized standards and regulations. For more information, please visit www.greencirclecertified.com or call 610-569-1045.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) rigorously protects forests through high certification standards. Since 1993, FSC has applied the power of the marketplace to encourage environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC sets forth principles and criteria that span economic, social, and environmental concerns, and today FSC standards represent the world's strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. FSC's standards protect water quality, prohibit highly hazardous chemicals, protect rare old-growth forests and prevent loss of natural forest cover. Across North America, 135 million acres of forest and nearly 4,000 chain-of-custody businesses are certified to FSC's standards. Its U.S. chapter, FSC-US, was established to coordinate the development of national forest management standards, to administer market support to companies that manufacture and sell FSC-certified forest products, and to provide public education about the importance and value of forest stewardship. More info at www.fscus.org. (© 1996 FSC FSC-US-0177)
MTS is dedicated to raising awareness of the positive impact that manufacturing, promoting, and purchasing sustainable product choices has on every aspect of our daily lives. The goal of MTS it to achieve 90% sustainable products market penetration by the year 2015.
GreenWizard promotes the SMaRT consensus sustainable product standard and SMaRT Certified Products through the MTS business alliance. The SMaRT standard provides substantial global benefits for the world's products through environmental, social, and economic criteria which promote sustainability, business benefits, social equity, reuse, and climate pollution reductions.
Green Seal, an independent non-profit organization, was founded in 1989 with the mission of safeguarding human health and the environment. Green Seal is a science-based standard development and certification body that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. Products and service only become Green Seal-certified after rigorous testing and evaluations, including on-site audits.
Cradle to Cradle Certification
Cradle to Cradle Certification is a multi-attribute eco-label administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute™ that assesses a product's safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. The certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the sustainability of a product and its manufacturing processes in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social responsibility. Based on the achievement across these categories, a product can be certified at four levels: Basic, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark licensed by Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute™
EcoLogoTM is North America's largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. EcoLogo provides customers - public, corporate and consumer - with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership. With THOUSANDS of EcoLogo Certified products, EcoLogo certifies environmental leaders covering a large variety of categories, helping you find and trust the world's most sustainable products.
GreenFormat™ is an information organizing tool developed by members of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) to communicate the sustainability features of building materials, products and systems. GreenFormat addresses the information needs of numerous stakeholders in the construction industry including design professionals, suppliers, and other influencers including building owners, constructors and regulators.
Design & Construction Firms
SmithGroupJJR is a leader in innovative strategies for resource efficiency and continues to raise the bar by adopting rigorous energy and sustainability standards such as LEED and Architecture 2030 Challenge. With services and strategies that cover everything from carbon-neutral buildings to renewable energy, SmithGroupJJR contributes thoughtful, sustainable design to each of its building projects.
Software & Service Providers
Building Systems Design
Building Systems Design develops and sells innovative software tools for the architecture, engineering, and construction markets of North America. Founded in 1983, the company creates, maintains, and supports advanced specification writing, cost estimating and BIM interoperability products used by thousands of architects, engineers and design professionals nationwide. BSD's current line of BSD SoftLink® products is gaining wide acceptance as state-of-the-art software because of the innovative ways that data is linked and displayed. All of the BSD SoftLink products are designed to share information with each other.
InterSpec began development of its patented e-SPECS specification automation technology in 1998. e-SPECS is the first product ever to successfully link CAD drawings and BIM models to the master guide specifications, a truly unique automation and quality control innovation for construction document management. InterSpec has been using e-SPECS to deliver remote spec-writing services since 2000 and is now the leading provider of Internet-based construction specification management services to architects, engineers, building owners, and product manufacturers across the country. InterSpec's e-SPECS automates the preparation of construction specifications by extracting the product and material requirements directly from the Building Information Models (BIM) and CAD drawings, instantly updating the project specifications to the requirements of the building design. e-SPECS integrates with CAD and BIM applications including Autodesk's AutoCAD® and Revit-based products and supports all libraries of MasterSpec® as well as the Canadian CMS and NMS specification masters, VA Masters, and integration with custom office masters.
One Source Consulting, LLC
One Source Consulting, LLC (OSC) offers integrated business services to architecture and engineer firms. Our focus is Design Management, "The Business Side of Design". OSC services includes: CFO Advisory, Strategic and Succession Planning, Operational Management, and ERP Systems Implementation. OSC works in collaboration with Dean Kim Tanzer, UVA School of Architecture as a CES Provider.