Infusion of Info for Green Building
Data, data, data. Data is an essential component to any construction job. Now, the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., is launching a new realtime green building data resource.
The organization says this new online data visualization resource allows construction teams to highlight the realtime green building data based on the state. The tool highlights LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects, credentialed professionals, and memberships in each state and provides green building advocates with a look into LEED’s impact within each state.
The USGBC has been doing quite a bit in the realm of providing data related to green building projects. For example, the organization provides LEED Online, a resource to track LEED credits, and recently announced it unveiled its LEED Online experience for LEED v4 projects.
With the online data visualization resource—which it is dubbing dynamic market briefs—information can serve as a state-level barometer of economic activity, according to the USGBC. Specific data includes cumulative LEED registered and certified projects, gross square footage of space, project totals broken out by owner type and space type, USGBC member organizations by type, LEED professional credential holders, and project profile scorecard.
Access to data such as this can provide construction professionals with the tools necessary to further analyze current and future green building projects. Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC, says providing the green building market with this detailed information is critical to the USGBC’s mission.
Outside of the state briefs, other countries are available upon request. The USGBC also says LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development data and projects will be added later this year as well.
In addition to this resource, the USGBC provides data transparency through its data access policy campaign—Green Building Information Gateway—and as a joint organizer of the Data Access and Transparency Alliance.