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No More Secrets-"Facebook" for Buildings Tells All

By Erin WeaverIn the latest stop on its “Honest Buildings Across America” tour, Honest Buildings has partnered with the Seattle 2030 District to release comprehensive data on 32,000 of the city’s commercial and mixed-use buildings.

The Honest Buildings online platform is intended to help connect building owners, architects, and service providers and to provide transparency and encourage competition for energy-efficient buildings. The data, collected from users and public and proprietary sources, includes ownership and management information, a record of renovations and projects, and whether a building is LEED-certified or Energy Star-rated. Says Pat Sapinsley, AIA, advisor to Honest Buildings, “Information that has historically been disaggregated…can now be associated with that building with one click.”

Since its launch earlier this year, Honest Buildings has released data on 475,000 buildings across the U.S. In addition to 95,000 buildings in Texas, 30,000 in San Francisco, and 15,000 in the D.C. metro area, the site profiles 250,000 New York City structures, including those subject to the City’s annual benchmarking requirements for City-owned buildings (see “NYC Benchmarks Buildings, Finds Room for Improvement,”

EBN Feb. 2012).

The platform is open to anyone to compare buildings based on various criteria as well as to submit buildings or review them using the site’s seven-star “Honesty Rating” system. For more information, see

Published June 29, 2012

Weaver, E. (2012, June 29). No More Secrets-"Facebook" for Buildings Tells All. Retrieved from

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