November 11th, 2003
LEAD DOG GQTM software answers many
A new computer software program, developed by
PRB Design of Orlando, Fla., can now help determine the sustainability
or greenness of a product and position it for potential use in projects
certified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Green Building Rating System™.
LEAD DOG GQ™
was designed with extensive input from both manufacturers and AEC
industry experts as a baseline to help manufacturers assess both
their product and their company as they relate to environmental
performance, water and energy conservation, recycling and other
PRB Design’s president, Paul Bertram, Jr.,
explained that the software program helps fill a critical product
assessment need. “There is a considerable amount of useful
information and help available to assist the building team in achieving
standards for building envelope performance,” Bertram said.
“But manufacturers are ultimately on their own in determining
and reporting how and where their products fit into the green picture.”
LEAD DOG GQ allows product manufacturers to perform
an in-depth analysis of the source and content of the raw materials
(feedstock) that they use as well their own manufacturing processes.
Recyclability, installed product performance and other factors,
such as distribution methods, testing standards and documentation,
are also addressed.
This evaluation process yields a Green Quotient,
a numeric percentage from 0 to 100, which helps to rate the suitability
of a product within the sustainable environment and allows for the
consistent comparison of similar products from different manufacturers
through standardized reporting forms. The program also allows the
user to add supplemental product specific data, such as test performance
results and third-party certification documentation.
Based on the input data, the program also identifies
the specific LEED points to which the product could potentially
contribute. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard
for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings and administered
by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“The USGBC has done an outstanding job in
developing LEED and in guiding the building team through the process,”
Bertram said. “But when it comes to selecting specific products
that help meet various sustainability criteria, the design team
has to rely on sometimes inconsistently reported information from
the manufacturers because many of them don’t fully understand
what kind of information to supply.”
Bertram is a founding member of the USGBC’s
Central Florida Organizing Group and has been awarded a fellowship
in the Construction Specifications Institute. Paul is also a member
of the ASTM committee currently revising the international standards
for product sustainability. He and PRB are also affiliated with
the International Code Council, the National Institute of Building
Sciences and is a professional affiliate of the American Institute
“ASTM Specification E-2129 provides guidelines
for the necessary information in determining product sustainability,
but it is a very difficult form to complete accurately. LEAD DOG
GQ makes the process much easier and much faster, while providing
the user with concise written reports that can be passed along to
the building team and provide the answers they’re looking
for,” Bertram explained.
In addition to the software, PRB Design
has also established a Web site, www, for manufactures to post their
GQ reports for easy downloading by architects, specifiers and other
building team members.
Established in 1978, PRB Design provides
technical integrated marketing and branding programs for manufacturers
and industry related trade organizations. For more information call
1-877-SMARTDOG, or to view a demonstration of LEAD DOG GQ, visit