Platform helps architects, designers and specifiers to identify sustainable products

by Ofentse Sefolo
Platform helps architects, designers and specifiers to identify sustainable products

At the beginning of the year, global safety science company, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced a collaboration with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to develop digital tools to help architects, designers and buyers identify products in UL’s SPOT* database that contribute to LEED v4 requirements (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The initiative aims to connect people to healthier, more sustainable products and environments, and to help streamline and simplify the product selection process.

The platform was launched in 2016 and has quickly grown into a credible resource for architects, designers and specifiers to identify sustainable products. SPOT is designed to facilitate product selection for green building projects. Users can search for products by selecting a number of search criteria such as LEED credit, MasterFormat* code, and certification program. A free SPOT add-in for AutoDesk* Revit* has since been introduced and this add-on gives users the ability to access product data from SPOT and assign it directly to their BIM project. The Revit add-in provides greater accuracy and streamlined reporting for green building rating schemes such as the US Green Building Council’s LEED Certification.

“UL’s SPOT platform is the largest credible green database in the market and enables users to search more than 55 000 products via the LEED credit they contribute to. This greatly simplifies the LEED design, building and submittal process,” comments Alberto Uggetti, Vice President and General Manager, UL Environment.

For more information, contact UL or via www.ul.com.

*SPOT, MasterFormat, AutoDesk and Revit are registered trademarks

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