Today, during the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) International Summit held at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new technology organization called arc.
Officially launching later in 2016, arc will further the performance of the green building industry and the built environment as a whole.
Scot Horst, USGBC’s Chief Product Officer, has been named arc’s incoming CEO. He will transition from his role with USGBC and LEED at the end of 2016.
Arc is a platform that will allow any building to participate and immediately start measuring performance, make improvements, and benchmark against itself. The goal of arc is to support the missions of USGBC and GBCI.
LEED certified buildings can use arc to improve and benchmark against other certified buildings around them. Buildings that have not certified yet will be able to use arc to make incremental sustainability improvements and eventually achieve LEED certification.
“The LEED rating system revolutionized the design, construction and operations of green buildings more than 16 years ago,” said Horst. “Arc’s goal is to transform green performance technology and bring data, mobility, and the most disruptive technologies available today to support a holistic approach to building our future. It will connect actions through a single platform that delivers a higher quality of life.”
The arc platform is a complement to LEED and other green building rating systems, standards, protocols, and guidelines, and allows buildings and spaces to connect to the built environment in a new way by comparing performance metrics and connecting them to green building strategies. Arc eliminates complexities and barriers to behavioral change.