New professional group focuses on building products

The Construction Specifications Institute, an Alexandria, Va.-based organization of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors and building material suppliers, has announced the formation of the Building Product Manufacturers Alliance (BPMA). This new group, which will meet for the first time on March 3 to 5 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, will share common issues, challenges and best practices to meet the needs of the changing marketplace.

“Today’s construction market increasingly calls for high-performance buildings, environmentally friendly materials and practices and technologically advanced components,” said Walter Marlowe, executive director and CEO of the Construction Specifications Institute.

The Construction Specifications Institute is a national organization dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. It has 146 chapters across the United States. For more information about the BPMA and its inaugural conference, visit

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