Ecospecifier greens SA buildings

The first Internet-based green building product-verification tool, known as 'Ecospecifier' was launched in Cape Town recently.

Essentially, the free-to-air product has been developed to provide information on how to design and deliver buildings, interiors and surroundings using environmentally preferable products. is the first online database in Africa to contain over 1 000 life-cycle-assessed ecological and health preferable products, materials and tecnologies for the built environment.

It is a growing knowledge base of up to 1000  eco-products, eco-materials, technologies and resources and essentially does your materials' research for you, using a GreenRate Service (Green Star credits).

There is a growing body of public- and private-sector clients, and individuals, wanting build in such a manner as to save energy and water, use resources sustainably, to minimise pollution and to reduce their ecological footprint.

The tool will help by allowing one to verify just what is and what is not 'green' when building.

It would also present information on sustainable and healthy materials, products, technologies and training and provide published materials relevant to city design, infrastructure and landscaping, building design, construction and interior fit-out.

Addressing delegates in Cape Town, Ecospecifier international technical director David Baggs explained that the online verification tool had been operating in Australia as the benchmark source of verified, life-cycle based information of ecopreferred products since 2003.