CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) is an association of 13,000 specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are experts in building construction and the materials used therein. They volunteer their talents in the New York Metropolitan area and are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information through many methods.

The principal goals are to improve construction specifications and to advance building information management and education of project teams for higher quality outcomes. The fact that professionals are involved in the creation and management of the build environment confirms credibility of the standards and procedures followed in construction projects. Such standards are continually innovated to meet the most recent guidelines. Living up to their dedication to education CSI members do not abandon the erected buildings; they remain involved with the users of the facility, assisting them throughout the facility life-cycle.

Now that students and young adults are more rapidly matriculating into the construction industry, CSI would like to broaden its circle of influence to include them; it is necessary to have a fresh perspective in preparing for predicted changes in the industry. Students at Stevens Institute of Technology have used their skills in engineering, architecture, computer science and communications to design a completely solar-powered home, Ecohabit, for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. Their focus on energy efficiency and sustainability demonstrates to the stakeholders the practicality of considering the environment and incorporating eco-friendly practices in every project. Inevitably, standards will need to be changed to satisfy the growing need for sustainability and environmental protection.

CSI has made a substantial contribution to the Stevens Solar Decathlon effort, both monetary and of expertise. This is the perfect opportunity to combine the association’s commitment to education as well as improvement of standards; while cultivating the students skills, CSI will gain a better understanding of the current requirements in the field of construction, as they have changed over the years.

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