BuildingGreen asked us to design two new tools to help architects and builders improve the green performance of their projects. The first, GreenSpec helps builders source the greenest building products based on expert recommendations. The second, the LEED for Homes Self Scoring Tool helps architects see how a project they’re proposing to a client might score within the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes certification system.
BuildingGreen requested a redesign and a new search interface for GreenSpec, their online resource of over 2,600 of the greenest building products.
To improve GreenSpec, we focused on a faster search tool that helps a builder or an architect discover green products across multiple classifications including search by keyword, building product or CSI Masterformat category, certifications, and green attribute.
Environmental Performance Guidance
GreenSpec offers high level guidance on how to assess the environmental performance of each building product. Our job was to integrate a wide range of performance content into GreenSpec’s search results so that green certifications, LEED materials credits, expert and peer evaluations, and relevant manufacturer links could coexist on a search results page without becoming visually overwhelming.
Indicating a Range of Scores
A key design challenge was presenting a LEED for Homes certification score within a range of possible outcomes. We came up with a “fuzzy” indicator that gives an architect a rough guess of how their project might be scored by a real LEED for Homes certifier.