GBCI launches digital LEED benchmarking platform
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has launched a new technology company called Arc Skoru Inc. This new venture will be the official host for Arc, a digital platform available at arcskoru.com that allows any project — whether a single building, a community, or an entire city — to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it.
Scot Horst, who has overseen and led the development of LEED since 2005, has been appointed as the CEO of Arc.
“GBCI developed Arc as a way to provide new and more transparent ways to share information,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “Scot Horst brings many years of leadership and expertise to Arc, and we celebrate him in his new role as the CEO. For the past 11 years, Scot has led the evolution of LEED through LEED 2009 and LEED v4. He was also the chief inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a system designed to tie ongoing building performance to initial certification.”
The goal of Arc is to support the missions of USGBC and GBCI. LEED-certified buildings can use Arc to improve and benchmark against other certified buildings around them. Existing buildings that have not certified can use Arc to make incremental sustainability improvements to eventually achieve LEED certification.
“Arc allows buildings, communities, and cities to compare their performance against their peers and also connect to vetted green building strategies,” said Horst. “Over the last two decades LEED certification has become a symbol of leadership, signifying that a project is saving energy, resources and water, and is healthier for occupants and the community. A LEED building has become the mark of a high quality building. Now through the Arc platform, all buildings can improve and work toward LEED certification.”