GBCI Reports More than Seven Billion Square Feet of Building Space Tracking Operational Performance Metrics through Arc

Deisy Verdinez
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

(Washington, DC) August 24, 2022 – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has reported that the Arc performance platform is now tracking more than seven billion square feet of project space in nearly 140 countries, an increase of 1.4 billion square feet over the last 12 months. This makes Arc among the largest databases of building performance in the world.

“Reaching seven billion square feet of space using Arc is a significant milestone,” said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO, GBCI and Arc. “This underscores the rapidly growing commitment of building owners and operators worldwide to tracking, reporting, and verifying performance as critical steps towards minimizing climate change impacts, improving occupant and community health, and increasing energy security and resilience.”

Arc provides tools to measure, track and score the real-world sustainability performance of spaces, buildings and places with scores and metrics for five performance categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. The information provides insights about sustainability, while also helping teams assess readiness for LEED certification.

Arc’s growth is driven by a rapid increase in engagement with whole portfolios. Organizations around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of every space, comparing performance to multiple benchmarks and pursuing third-party recognition for real world performance.

Based on project floor area, the United States retains the largest share of Arc projects at 49.5%, followed by Canada at 9.6% and fast-rising Italy at 7.1%. These projects range from individual spaces to whole buildings and full portfolios. Notable changes over the last year include a significant jump in retail projects tracking space in Arc. Collectively, Arc users are tracking 1.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, 15 trillion gallons of potable water consumption and 5.7 million tons of waste. These impacts are associated with more than 12 million occupants – a population larger than the Paris metro area.

Arc scores performance data against a growing set of performance standards, including LEED, local regulations, international benchmarks and more. Users can utilize these scores to verify performance against sustainability goals, celebrate improvements over time and apply towards LEED certification. Prada’s record-setting achievement is an example of what this looks like.

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