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HonestBuildings.com Releases Info on 250,000 NYC Buildings

HonestBuildings.com has released information for more than 250,000 commercial and mixed-use buildings in New York City, representing more than 4 billion square feet.

The free web service, which CEO Riggs Kubiak described to Forbes as “a cross between Yelp and LinkedIn for the built environment,” launched its beta platform in late March. In six weeks, it’s collected data on buildings including square footage, building ownership and management, projects and renovations performed on the building, LEED certifications and Energy Star ratings. Anyone searching the site can view the buildings’ information.

The company, co-located in the NYC Accelerator for a Clean & Renewable Economy and in Seattle, has developed partnerships with New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services and CUNY Building Performance Lab, and says it has signed up thousands of the city’s top real estate developers, brokers, architects, engineers, energy efficiency and construction companies.

New York City’s Local Law 84 requires all buildings over 50,000 square feet to report annual energy benchmarks. HonestBuildings.com is working with the city on integrating that data as it becomes available, Josh Boltuch, chief marketing officer, told GreenTechMedia.

The website is available internationally, and when complete will allow users to find and compare information, ratings and reviews for any commercial or residential building in the US.

HonestBuilding’s San Francisco project, for example, shows that 470 buildings are not compliant with the city’s Existing Commercial Buildings ordinance, which requires buildings to provide energy data to the city (218 are compliant and 29 are pending). Its map shows the properties that met—and did not meet— San Francisco’s first reporting deadline of October 1, 2011.

The Environmental Defense Fund has partnered with HonestBuidlings.com to help accelerate the number of energy upgrades, renovations and sustainable building projects in the US. Each week EDF selects one HonestBuildings.com project and features it on EDF’s Energy Innovation Series.

The built environment consumes 70 percent of electricity in the U.S. and emits more than a third of greenhouse gases, according to EDF.

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