How we Verify/ How Proucts are considered
Making changes to the way in which we choose products and services can have a major impact on the construction and related industries, significantly reducing their impact on the environment. Areas of importance include the extraction of raw materials, material waste, transport of products and materials, energy consumption, heat loss and emissions to air and water from manufacturing processes and buildings. However, greening the built environment is not as simple as specifying products and services that claim to be ‘green'. Green claims are very easy to make, but considerably harder to substantiate. Independent approval of products and services ensure that not only ‘green' claims are substantiated, but that they meet performance standards appropriate for their intended use.
The process for any product seeking listing on EcoSpex is:
- Completion of the EcoSpex sustainability questionnaire
- Assessment by the EcoSpex team as to whether the product complies with the “best practices towards sustainability criteria".
EcoSpex does not charge for a “Basic Listing" on the site. Basic Listings continue to be listed based on information sourced by EcoSpex.The depth of the listing is recognized in the Product Search Page results by the display of “Verified”, "Premium" or “Basic” Lisings.
For more information on Listing your Product on EcoSpex please consult the Suppliers & Manufacturers homepage.
The purpose of the EcoSpex product verification is to provide expert, impartial, third-party verified information on construction products to the construction industry.
EcoSpex offers a “Verified Enhanced Listing” (VEL) service to suppliers/manufactures to have their products rigorously assessed. Through the VEL verification process, manufacturers’ product documentation and performance declarations are evaluated against internationally recognized standards to ensure they are accurate, independent, and relevant.
The VEL offers the following features (click diagram for more detail):
Industry experts included in the deveopment of the Verification Process are:
- Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre
- Building Research Establishment (BRE) UK
- CSI - GreenFormat
- Athena Institute
- Construction Specification Canada (CSC)
- Digicon Information Inc.,
- Ryerson University
- Ecospecifier Australia
- Morrison Hershfield
- National Research Council