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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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Here is a list of frequently asked questions that we’ve received from manufacturers like you. If you cannot find the answer that you’re looking for, please get in touch. We’ll be more than happy to help.

About Ongreening & Product Search Engineback to top

Ongreening is a web-based, independent and comprehensive source of information on sustainable building and green building rating systems. We provide free access to a wide range of services and information, as well as access to a unique online product database with thousands of building products that are compliant with the world’s most recognised green rating systems.

Green building rating systems, such as BREEAM (Worldwide), LEED (Worldwide), Estidama (Emirates), HK Beam Plus (Hong Kong) and Green Star (Australia), are third-party assessment programmes that have been developed to help consumers determine the building’s environmental performance. Credits are awarded for green building features and strategies related to building site, water conservation, energy, building materials, comfort and the wellbeing of occupants. Building products need to respond to specific requirements in order to help contribute to the major green schemes targets and improve the building’s rating.

Our target audience comprises the most active decision makers who specify building products, including architects, green consultants, designers, specifiers, engineers, surveyors, government organisations and contractors. We are proudly connected with a global community of thousands of top professionals via our website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube media channels.

Of course not! Unlike other product directories, Ongreening helps design and construction professionals to easily identify building products that are compliant with the most recognised green building rating systems. We provide users with reliable product information that demonstrates how products can contribute to LEED, BREEAM, UK Code for Sustainable Homes, Estidama, Green Star and Hong Kong Beam Plus credit goals, and therefore help projects to gain points in the certification process. We have basically removed the burden of checking product’s compliance from specifiers’ shoulders and helped to save them a lot of time that they would otherwise have spent looking for products on the web. We are very proud to be the world’s first platform to offer such innovative services.

Ongreening product database is very easy to use and can reduce the amount of time required for them to find just the right building products for their project. Thousands of building materials can be searched by entering keywords, name of product, manufacturer’s name, etc. Additional filters, such as green standards, regional materials and product category, can be used to refine the search results.

It’s free of charge to the end user. Design and construction professionals can search and have 24/7 access to reliable product information that is free.

About Ongreening compliance evaluation toolback to top

It is a rigorous evaluation process that has been designed to assess product compliance with relevant green building certification systems. In other words, our tool evaluates a product’s potential in meeting LEED, BREEAM, UK Code for Sustainable Homes, Estidama and Hong Kong Beam Plus credit requirements.

We use more than 10,865 criteria, derived from 55 different green building rating systems, to determine the product’s market potential and compliance with relevant standards. We closely monitor the latest changes and enhancements of LEED, BREEAM, Estidama, HK Beam, Green Star and 3-Star to keep the above criteria up to date.

More international and national based rating schemes will be soon added to our system. Keep following us for further updates.

No. Ongreening evaluates your product compliance on the basis of the product information you have provided. No laboratory-based material testing is carried out to demonstrate compliance. However, on request, we do offer product testing services. This is done via independent third-party accredited laboratories. Feel free to contact us for further information at info@ongreening.com

No product can be labelled as ‘LEED approved’. Ongreening can assist manufacturers like you to collate the appropriate documentation required to show that your product can help design and construction professionals in achieving LEED points. The above applies to other certification schemes too.

Evaluating my product complianceback to top

There are two main reasons. Firstly, demonstrating your product differentiation will certainly help your marketing strategy. You may discover that your product already has the right attributes to enter fast-growing markets. We found out that many manufacturers, even the big players, don’t fully realise the potential of their products sales.
Secondly, carrying out an in-house evaluation analysis of your product compliance against the most important green building rating schemes may cost you a lot of energy, time and money. This is especially the case if you need to hire external specialist consultants. We can provide you with professional, valuable and comprehensive compliance assessment services at a fraction of traditional costs.

Absolutely not! No expertise, or even basic knowledge, is required to use our compliant tool and get your product evaluated. You just need to fill out a straightforward form, giving us your product’s technical data. And that’s it; our tool will do the rest.

It may be that not all of your products are green or complaint with green building rating systems. Don’t worry. If that is the case, we can offer our specialist consultancy services and help you to enhance your product in order to successfully meet the fast growing green market demand.

It depends! It may be that the product you consider “not-green” turns out to actually meet the green building rating systems requirements. So, first of all, check out your product eligibility by entering your product data in our evaluation tool. It’s easy and free, and worth a try. Alternatively, if your product is not eligible, we can still advise you on how to improve it.

Listing my productsback to top

It’s a straightforward process! Create your free account as a manufacturer on the right-hand corner of our home page and start submitting your product details. We will confirm your entry and product category. From then on, you will be able to get access to our user-friendly product compliance tool and listing wizard.

Our team of industry experts and green specialists have worked hard for the last 2 years to identify 9,800+ LEED/BREEAM/Estidama/CfSH/Green Star complaint products. If your product is available online, that’s because it has turned out to be among the best. If this is the case, please contact us at info@ongreening.com before you create a new account. We will send you access details to activate your account, enter your online private area and get your product data updated and/or enhanced. Of course, this is free of charge.

Product description, pictures, downloadable literature, case studies, certificates, etc. Some limitations may apply, according to the plan you have chosen. Please refer to our Annual Plans and Pricing for detailed information.

Yes! Anyone can freely use our product search engine, get to your product page, read or download technical information and, above all, learn how your product can help contribute to the major green rating schemes goals, such as LEED, BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes, Estidama and HK Beam Plus.

Launching offerback to top

You will enjoy a 12-month FREE Gold Plan including our exclusive product mapping and listing services for one product. This offer is available to new customers adding a second product to the Ongreening.com database. To claim your FREE Gold Plan, you need to join Ongreening and purchase one mapping/listing service package. Check out Plans&Pricing for our latest offers.

Our launching offer is limited to one product only.

We want to encourage manufacturers, like you, to add more than one product to our exclusive database so that you can enhance your brand exposure while reaching your target audience with an unparalleled return on investment. We are firmly convinced that you will find our services incredibly valuable.

Yes. To claim your FREE Gold Plan, you need to join Ongreening and purchase one mapping/listing service package.

For listing additional products, please refer to our Plans and Pricing to learn about our competitive annual rates. The more products you list the less you pay!

Transparency is one of our values, and this is why the prices for our services can be freely consulted on our website. You will pay for what is shown on our Plans and Pricing table. No more than that.

Of course you can. If you are not happy about our services, you can cancel your plan anytime (see our Terms and Conditions of Supply). If this is the case, we would greatly appreciate it if you could tell us why you are leaving by emailing your valuable feedback.

Launching Offer includes a 12-month FREE Gold Plan starting from the actual date of listing of your products.

Your product will be transferred to “offline mode” and not be available to end users. Then, if you feel that Ongreening is the right place to promote your products, you will be given the choice to confirm your annual subscription and make your product available online again in a few clicks.