The USGBC Greenbuild 2017 International Summit opening session kicked off this week with a presentation by Scot Horst, CEO of Arc Skoru, announcing 75F's integration of the Arc performance score into the 75F Facilisight software Web interface included in all 75F solutions. The Arc platform delivers a holistic performance score for buildings in pursuit of more sustainable, efficient and livable buildings. 75F is the first building automation solution to integrate Arc and enable automatic score updates.
What is Arc?
Arc is a new platform from Arc Skoru, Inc, and Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), that allows projects to measure, monitor and score building performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience, for continuous building performance improvement. Arc is available for LEED projects and non-LEED projects that are looking to improve their sustainability and human health environment, and take steps toward earning LEED and other green certifications.
GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Parksmart and Zero Waste.
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED v4 is the newest version of LEED. 75F building intelligence solutions are USGBC certified; so, 75F customers can earn up to 38 LEED points and 11 credits, leading to certification status and improved performance, plus tax incentives.
Beyond the positive karma for good corporate citizenship, LEED certifications have real financial benefits. For example, the US Green Building Council states, “LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. Not to mention they retain higher property values.”
Why the 75F Arc Integration Is Significant
75F is the first building automation solution (BAS) to integrate with the Arc platform. With the Arc platform integration into 75F Facilisight software, 75F customers will have the opportunity to leverage their Arc score for building performance improvements in their existing building, whether or not they participate in LEED.
All buildings gain a measure of their real-time status around energy efficiency, sustainability and the well being of tenants, including employees, guests, customers and partners. LEED buildings benefit from the ability to gauge progress toward points and certification levels and the corresponding financial incentives. Non-LEED buildings benefit from measures, data and a benchmarking score providing insights on the energy efficiency, sustainability and indoor environment quality of their buildings. This helps to highlight the property value and attractiveness to tenants and prospective employees, and it can be used to identify priority areas for improvement initiatives. It can also be used to start on the path to LEED and other certifications.
Arc Benefits Existing Buildings with LEED v4 O+M
LEED isn't just for new builds. In fact, you may have heard that “the greenest building is the one already built.” LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) is a LEED program to help existing buildings to maximize performance through energy-efficient solutions that provide a more healthy and rewarding green environment inside and outside. It can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an old building and constructing a new one, even if the new building is extremely energy efficient.
Arc provides performance measurement and benchmarking, as well as a path to initial and ongoing LEED certification.The performance score can help leverage existing policies, technology and engage occupants to optimize building performance.
Arc also supports other commercial building LEED initiatives, including LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) for new builds and major renovations, and LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) which includes retail and hospitality paths.
The Arc from Human Experience to WELL Building Standard
The Human Experience component of the Arc score reflects the growing emphasis on the optimal indoor environment for occupant well being. 75F offers solutions to provide more comfortable, healthy and productivity-enhancing environments by proactively managing thermal comfort (temperatures and humidity), indoor air quality (IAQ) and lighting.
The Arc platform integration delivers scoring around LEED v4 Health and Human Experience factors. Buildings and spaces with good indoor environmental quality protect the health and comfort of building occupants. Going a step beyond, high-quality indoor environments also work to improve the building’s value, enhance productivity, decrease absenteeism and reduce liability for building designers and owners.
The WELL Building Standard is an evidence-based standard, which sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being. GBCI administers the WELL Building Standard. Look for more WELL Building Standard announcements from 75F.
In WELL Company
At Greenbuild, we met up with the movers and shakers in the green and healthy building world:
Global change CEOs mindmeld! This triple threat is out to change the world for good. Teaming up are Mahesh Ramanujam (USGBC), Deepinder Singh (75F) & Rick Fedrizzi (International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)) working together for smarter, greener, healthier buildings.
We met up with Rachel Gutter (pictured below, left) Chief Product Officer at International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and Dr. Joseph Allen (pictured below, right), Assistant Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director at Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHGE) and co-author of the COGfx study, which measurably demonstrates the role of green buildings on cognitive function and health.
75F is working to make buildings smarter, more efficient, comfortable and healthy through affordable, fast and easy building intelligence solutions. Contact 75F if you'd like to learn more and get the Arc building performance score.