This week, GBCI launched a new technology company called Arc Skoru Inc. This new venture will be the official host for Arc, a state-of-the-art digital platform that will allow any project—whether a single building, a community or an entire city—to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it.
Arc Skoru Inc. was created by GBCI to make USGBC, GBCI and their partners’ visions a reality by connecting people all over the world to actions and inspiring them to make the most informed decisions. This empowers people to connect and collaborate toward achieving a collective higher quality of life. Arc Skoru is the go-to place to track all of the inspirations, connections and actions related to the sustainability of our built environment.
- Why now? Over the last two decades, USGBC and GBCI have gathered more green building and business data and information than any other organization in the world. Together, USGBC and GBCI have created a platform of engagement that has transformed the built environment. Now, imagine this platform combined with data, mobility and the most disruptive technologies on the horizon.
- How does Arc fit in with LEED? Arc is where users will interface with LEED. Arc is a complement to LEED and other green building systems, standards and protocols that 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. Projects can use Arc to earn LEED certification and verify performance.
- What about the LEED Dynamic Plaque? The LEED Dynamic Plaque could be considered the first version of the Arc platform. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is being used by hundreds of buildings all over the world both as a real-time measurement tool and a LEED certification tool.
- How does Arc translate to LEED certification? Arc can be applied to both LEED-certified and non-certified buildings. LEED-certified buildings can use Arc to improve and benchmark with their peers everywhere, as well as to verify LEED performance on an annual basis to keep their certification up to date. Non-certified buildings can use Arc to make incremental sustainability improvements to eventually achieve LEED certification. Arc is the first-of-its kind platform to track a building’s incremental improvements through a performance score.
- What about other rating systems? Arc will continue to add rating systems in the platform. Arc provides an entry point for all buildings with the goal of certifying them to LEED or to other GBCI rating systems such as GRESB, WELL, PEER, SITES and any newly added systems. GBCI is adding new rating systems every year, and the introduction of Arc makes the certification process as streamlined as possible for the end user. In addition, performance-based certification is also being extended to communities, cities, districts and neighborhoods. Several cities have already begun participating with Arc.