USGBC launches new green building data tool

November 21, 2012

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the release of a new green building data tool on November 20, 2012. The launch of the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) is intended to help construction professionals and developers further implement sustainable practices, processes and products.

The web-based tool is supposed to accelerate the green construction market by providing greater transparency and understanding of the dimensions required to build a green environment. Commercial spaces are increasingly built using the latest in sustainable technology and processes, and tools such as the GBIG will boost the inclusion of green materials in future construction developments.

Daily Commercial News reports that the tool provides a transparent view of places, projects, collections and credits all pertainable to an individual project. LEED building owners and project teams can easily attain the details they need to construct structures in accordance to the latest green standards. The tool provides maps, analytics and insights that will reveal any patterns or trends that could impact the energy-efficiency and sustainability of a building.

"The launch of GBIG represents years of research, information gathering and testing, and has been a true labour of love," said Chris Pyke, the council’s vice-president, research, according to the news source. "Green building has gone from an era of firsts, to a global movement, connected by data."

Construction professionals interested in implementing the latest in green technology and building processes can now use the USGBC tool to use the information provided by the web-based application. The data-driven insights help create value and give a company a competitive advantage in the market when it comes time to build a commercial property with measurable energy inefficiencies.

The application is not the only resource for information about building green commercial spaces.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in greater Philadelphia, established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), can provide a wealth of information to developers' intent on integrating green practices and materials into a structure's design. The cause has the dual purpose of improving energy efficiency in buildings and promoting regional economic growth.

Information is a powerful tool – especially in the growing green construction market.