Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new technology organisation called arc during the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) International Summit held at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. 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.
“As the leaders of the green building movement over the last two decades, USGBC and GBCI have gathered more green building data and its related business intelligence than any other organisation in the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Through this data we have begun to measure, monitor and score building performance in real time. We developed arc as a way to provide new and more transparent ways to share this information.”
“Scot’s leadership of this new venture is a testament to his expertise and vision. He’s led LEED’s continued evolution through LEED 2009 and v4, its globalisation and its shift from a design tool to a performance metric. We welcome him to his new role,” continued Fedrizzi.
Arc is a state of the art 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 revolutionised the design, construction and operations of green buildings more than 16 years ago,” said Scot Horst, incoming CEO, arc. “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 behavioural change.
Arc was developed by GBCI, which is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for various rating systems. Arc is an open platform built to integrate the current and future standards, guidelines, protocols and systems that enable a higher quality of life.