Honest Buildings launches in beta
AGBeat has covered green real estate and sustainable design for years, and what remains true is that far less attention is paid to websites devoted to searching for sustainable buildings than is paid to residential real estate sales. The green niche has exploded, and as consumers now care if something is LEED certified before they lease an office or buy a building, the demand has been poorly met by technologists.
Enter HonestBuildings.com, a site that has created a profile for any commercial building in the world with an address and seeks to connect occupants, owners, service providers, and most fascinating to us – the talent behind the actual creation of the building be it an architect or a welder.
The site offers large pictures where available, and opens up any building to review, “Honesty Ratings(TM),” and even reveals open projects alongside people associated with the building. It has the power to become a legitimate network for the commercial real estate industry regardless of how green a building or developer is, although the company pitches the site as a way to make better real estate decisions.
Profiles and projects
The company offers profiles for service providers and other entities to showcase accomplishments and network with colleagues and prospective clients.
Projects featured on the site can range from a simple bathroom renovation to a full blown LEED certification for a high-rise building and owners can claim their building to update any collected information and highlight building features. The bid process is made possible through the site which is not highlighted as a main feature by the company, but is a feature we believe could fuel their growth.
Open beta begins today
During private beta, Honest Buildings has already amassed over 50,000 projects and 10 billion square feet of buildings, which will likely surge as the open beta begins today.
Peter Malik, Director of the Center for Market Innovation, National Resource Defense Fund said, “Honest Buildings is part of the next great shift change in the movement to create and develop high performance buildings. Through a collaboration-based platform, it offers a great mechanism for owners, managers, service providers and occupants of buildings to showcase and highlight the latest innovations that are making buildings better. More importantly, at a time when populations are rising and global energy consumption rates are increasing, it will help to increase transparency around the solutions for the built environment.”