Making greener building choices just got a whole lot easier. Honest Buildings, which just launched in beta, is an online ecosystem for green real estate, a place where building owners, service providers, and occupants can exchange information, offerings, and needs.
At the site, you can search an address in any of 5,570 cities, and get ratings on the building's walkability, energy use, and LEED compliance. Join the network, and you can review, comment, or add photos to a building. For service providers like designers, architects, and sustainability consultants, the site provides a forum to showcase particular projects.
The Honest Buildings concept was ignited by Riggs Kubiak, who worked previously as the Director of Sustainability for global real estate titan Tishman Speyer. In that position Kubiak was surprised at how little information was available for commercial buildings.
"The built environment has millions of different companies globally trying to do the same thing, which is make buildings better," Riggs told Forbes. "But there was nowhere to find [out] who the best and most innovative companies were in your area based on their portfolio of actual projects… regardless of whether they were for a home, apartment, school, or office building."
With Honest Buildings, now there is.
Photo: Honest Buildings founder Riggs Kubiak. (Noah Kalina)