The Impact of LEED, There’s an App for That

by Matt Ball on January 6, 2011

Chris Pike, from the U.S. Green Building Council, gave a Lightening Talk on the first day of the GeoDesign Summit about the expansion of  LEED-certified buildings and neighborhoods. He started by clarifying that LEED is not about green building but about changing the prevalence of practice toward more sustainable design.

The number of green buildings that are LEED certified are growing – and each represents better health, better water, better environment. Each green building project is a nexus of decision making, where the family of tools to achieve them work at a whole range of temporal and spatial scales that address the entire lifecycle of the building.  Projects are driven by evidence, informed by place, and powered by information.

The growth of these projects are having an influence on decisions, and USGBC recognizes that by illustrating the distribution of practice they can accelerate this adoption. The organization has been busy creating a Green Building Information Gateway, working closely with Esri (using the flex viewer with ArcGIS Server), to summarize the projects across the broader landscape.

USGBC’s goal is to bring transparency to the full scale of projects, with a desire to even offer augmented reality to visualize all of the multi-criteria data on the buildings themselves. The starting project began in the state of Illinois, has scaled to the full distribution of achievement for the whole state of Illinois, and eventually will scale to the full range of LEED projects in the world.

You can now download the GBIG Analyst application in Apple’s App Store, and soon for larger geographies. This application effectively provides GIS-powered information to create better places for people and the environment.

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