Saving Face with a Materials Database

Shakari McGill is an intern at Verdical Group who is currently pursuing his Master of Building Science at the University of Southern California.

Here at Verdical Group, I was tasked with the creation of an internal database to record information about sustainable products that we have used on our projects or that may be a fit for a future client. The intent of this project was to create a spreadsheet that could be referenced at a glance to confirm or deny the presence of sustainable certification(s) for each product.

This is not the first database to compile such information, however, aside from the Smith Group’s now-defunct HPD database, it is difficult to find it consolidated in one place.  Creating this resource was fulfilling in several ways, and I’ve chronicled that experience here.  Read more