"A few years ago I was involved in the design of a green building at Drexel University called the Drexel Smart House," says Jameson Detweiler, CEO of Konnect.me. "Designing the house proved to be very frustrating at times. Finding information about previous buildings and building products, related to sustainability, was a time consuming and frustrating process."
Detweiler's experience was not an isolated case. For anyone embarking on a green building or renovation project, access to quality information is key. Understanding the various certifications and product claims and even finding installers, suppliers, or others who have undertaken similar projects can be an unnerving experience.
"There were so many different types of product certifications, manufacturers all made different claims, and this information was distributed across thousands of sources," Detweiler relates. "To say the least, it was very confusing. This is why we decided to start Green.Konnect.me. We needed a place where all of this information was available, a place for the green building community to both visit and participate in on a regular basis."
Detweiler's Philadelphia-based startup dedicated to reinventing the B2B portal, Konnect.me, announced today it is launching Green.Konnect.me, a community built directory for professionals in the green building industry.
The goal of Green.Konnect.me is to provide accurate and comprehensive information regarding "Products, Projects, and People" in the green building industry.
Detweiler believes "that the greatest advances in sustainability can only be achieved by the transparent sharing of knowledge and ideas."
Prior to founding Konnect.me, Jameson worked as the CEO of Summalux, LLC, an LED Lighting Research Firm, which won first prize in the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship's 2008 Incubator Competition at Drexel's LeBow College of Business.
I've watched Detweiler and his partners over the past eight months or so as they have developed Green.Konnect.me as part of Konnect.me, which they founded in 2008 to "revolutionize B2B information access and delivery." It's an easy-to-use platform that helps address a critical problem for those interested in green building.
Very exciting to see it launched today.
For more information, check out green.konnect.me