Over the last two decades, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) have gathered more green building and business data and information than any other organization in the world. Together, USGBC and GBCI have created a platform of engagement that has transformed the built environment. Now, imagine this platform combined with data, mobility and the most disruptive technologies on the horizon.

Arc Skoru Inc., as the organization is officially known, was created by GBCI to make USGBC, GBCI and their partners’ visions a reality by connecting people all over the world to actions and inspiring them to make the most informed decisions. This empowers people to connect and collaborate toward a collective higher quality of life. Arc Skoru is the go-to place to track all of the inspirations, connections and actions related to the sustainability of our built environment.

Arc Skoru uses its Arc platform to allow users to measure performance, make improvements and benchmark against other projects. Arc is a complement to LEED and other green building rating systems, standards, protocols and guidelines and allows buildings and spaces to compare performance metrics and connect those metrics to green building strategies. Arc enables incremental improvements and can put a project on track for LEED or other rating system certification.

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What is the mission of Arc?

Arc’s mission is to connect all actions through a single platform that create a higher quality of life.

Why did GBCI create Arc?

With the introduction of Arc, we have an opportunity to build upon what we’ve accomplished and to open new doors and opportunities. Now, more than ever before, the green building movement will rely on the interconnections between sustainability, mobility, technology and data. And we also know that performance is the future of green buildings. By sharing best practices, Arc’s users inspire each other to create as high-performing green and healthy spaces as possible and set new standards for sustainability.

How does Arc fit in with LEED?

Arc is where users will interface with LEED. Arc is a complement to LEED and other green building systems, standards and protocols that allows buildings and spaces to connect to the built environment in a new way by comparing performance metrics and connecting them to green building strategies. Projects can use Arc to earn LEED certification and verify performance.

What about the LEED Dynamic Plaque?

The LEED Dynamic Plaque could be considered the first version of the Arc platform. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is being used by hundreds of buildings all over the world both as a real time measurement tool and also a LEED certification tool.

How does Arc translate to LEED certification?

Arc can be applied to both LEED- certified and non-certified buildings. LEED-certified buildings can use Arc to improve and benchmark with their peers everywhere as well as verify LEED performance on an annual basis to keep their certification up to date. Non-certified buildings can use Arc to make incremental sustainability improvements to eventually achieve LEED certification. Arc is the first-of-its kind platform to track a building’s incremental improvements through a performance score.

If a project uses Arc to LEED certify through a “performance score” how does that work?

Projects share data to generate a performance score in the Arc platform. LEED certification occurs by meeting a set of requirements listed in Arc, and also achieving a performance score of 40 for Certified, 50 for Silver, 60 for Gold and 80 for Platinum.

If a project does not want to get LEED certified but wants to use Arc, how does that work?

Projects pay a $1200 registration fee for the Arc platform and can immediately begin entering the required data to obtain a performance score. Projects can continue to use the Arc platform to track and improve their continuous improvement efforts for their buildings, communities cities or districts. In this way, all projects can benchmark themselves to LEED by sharing data and improve to potentially become certified.

What about other rating systems?

Arc will continue to add rating systems in the platform. Arc provides an entry point for all buildings with the goal of certifying them to LEED or to other GBCI rating systems such as GRESB, WELL, PEER, SITES, Parksmart and any newly added systems. GBCI is adding new rating systems every year and the introduction of Arc makes the certification process as streamlined as possible for the end user. In addition, performance based certification is also being extended to communities, cities, districts and neighborhoods. Several cities have already begun participating with Arc.