The growing capability of building data to fuel environmental and economic
decisions is evident in how certifications like
LEED have improved the green footprint of
buildings and communities.
Recognizing the critical role data is playing, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI),
which provides third-party verification and
credentialing for several building designations, created Arc, a digital platform that is
helping buildings, communities and cities
around the world benchmark and improve
When applying data to make changes in
building operations, it is important to look
at a few key aspects. USGBC, which partnered with GBCI on Arc, notes five ways
that data is driving the next era of green
1) Transparency: Data shows a complete
picture of sustainability efforts and impact,
and tracking green performance also helps
buildings keep pace with industry changes.
Arc gives its users a transparent look at
performance using real-time data. The
approach encourages incremental improvement and reveals unseen inefficiencies.
5 Ways to Use Data for Green Building Development
APPLYING DATA TO IMPROVE BUILDING PERFORMANCE PROVES VIRTUALLY LIMITLESS
2) Comparison: Comparing performance
with similar buildings in the area leads to
better results for your facility. Viewing data
side-by-side is a catalyst for motivation
and allows facility managers to learn from
each another's successes and shortcomings.
Users can view projects on Arc to see how
their efforts are working and how they stack
up against similar projects locally, regionally
3) Benchmarking: When you benchmark
against your own data points, you can clear-
ly see improvements. Benchmarking against
others helps you know how much you can
improve. Arc provides an immediate entry
point, no matter where you are on your sus-
tainability efforts, and can help you move
toward LEED certification.
4) Collaborative learning: Projects
pursuing multiple sustainability efforts at
once – energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience – end up with
better results when data is shared across
teams. Arc connects actions so that buildings, communities and cities perform at the
highest possible levels. It also integrates
with ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager and
other industry tools to drive even greater
5) Performance beyond buildings: Data
allows us to see results, which is fundamental to calculate performance. In Arc, net zero
performance in energy and water is shown
through a perfect score. Data also allows a
non-linear view of progress, which provides
a template that includes buildings alongside
communities and cities. With Arc, users can
look at performance of buildings, neighborhoods, districts, cities and more.
TRACKING GREEN PERFORMANCE and
analyzing building data helps FMs know
which green improvements are delivering
promised benefits and where more work is
A Planet Fitness club in St. Petersburg, FL, became the company’s first net-zero
facility after becoming 99.5% reliant on sustainable solar power.
The building was retrofitted to incorporate clean, renewable energy into the
building’s new design. In a partnership with
Tampa-based Solar Energy Management,
the fitness center was outfitted with 179 k W
Florida Planet Fitness
SOLAR POWER SUSTAINS THIS ST.
facility, which includes a solar power canopy
and solar roof system built into the facility’s
In addition to the implementation of solar,
the facility’s new energy-conscious design
includes lighting upgrades, providing LED
fixtures throughout the building.
The building’s new emphasis on energy
efficiency will also eliminate more than
5,600 tons of carbon dioxide, which is
equal to planting more than 130,000 trees.
Moreover, the facility’s monthly energy bill
will see a 99% reduction.
“Retrofitting the Planet Fitness location
is truly a breakthrough and the first of its
kind to provide affordable solar power in
Florida,” says Scott McIntyre, CEO of Solar
Management. “Having converted this building to zero energy will allow for significant
energy savings for years to come.”
The building’s new
emphasis on energy
efficiency will also
eliminate more than
5,600 tons of
which is equal to
planting more than
Moreover, the facility’s
monthly energy bill will
see a 99% reduction.