In an initiative aimed at helping designers build more sustainable buildings, TUV Rheinland has joined forces with the international standards organization, GIGA (Global Innovations Green Algorithms).
Under the new partnership, some contents of TUV Rhineland’s global Certipedia certificate database will be fed into GIGA’s online material data hub, Origin, which includes certified, environment-friendly building materials and products. This will empower designers to easily find and source green, healthy and sustainable building products, thereby speeding up the process of creating efficient, healthy and sustainable buildings.
According to Holger Kunz, Executive Vice President Products at TUV Rheinland, this development represents a major step towards streamlining and accelerating the sustainability journey of today’s building designers.
“TUV Rheinland’s Certipedia was specifically designed to be a user-friendly, online reference source for certification, making all the information referring to product and testing criteria available in one place. Combining it with GIGA’s extensive, collaborative material data hub will transform the ease and speed with which designers can come up with a superior, sustainable building design that will continue to deliver results for years, and potentially decades to come,” said Kunz.
TUV Rheinland’s Certipedia database will be integrated into Origin’s infrastructure in the fall of 2017. Suppliers and industry participants will be notified in advance of the public software release to allow time to prepare and understand the integration process and its benefits.
“Origin is the world’s largest data integration hub for building products. Prioritizing transparency and reliability of data, Origin integrates product certifications directly from the world’s leading certifiers, combines it with supplier data and connects it to building industry professionals globally. Partnering with TUV Rheinland brings high quality product data from around the world, making it easier to design, build and operate green and healthy buildings.” says Ryan Dick, Founder and COO of GIGA.
Webinars will be provided to assist with on-boarding and to help suppliers optimize their management efforts and reach within the expanded Origin ecosystem. More will be revealed at the Greenbuild 2017 conference and exhibition taking place in Boston from 7-10 November.