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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We have created a platform that helps you measure performance, make improvements and benchmark against others. Learn more about how Arc will transform the market.
Arc’s mission is to connect all actions through a single platform that create a higher quality of life.
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.
Arc allows any project to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it. A “project” can represent a single stand-alone building, a group of buildings such as a neighborhood or large development, or an entire city.
Projects using Arc input data across five categories – Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience. Over time this data will generate a performance score. The data required for Arc includes 12 consecutive months of energy and water use, and a minimum of 1 waste data point, occupant/transportation survey, and interior carbon dioxide and interior total volatile organic compound levels.
No, there is no "Arc certification." Arc is a technology platform that offers a tools for buildings, communities and cities to score themselves. The goal of Arc is to support the missions of USGBC and GBCI.
Any project registered in LEED Online also has access to Arc. The LEED registration fee includes Arc and projects and teams will be able to use the platform to track both energy and water data required for LEED. Learn more about LEED registration fees.
If the team wishes to submit the project’s score for review, or pursue an initial LEED O+M certification or LEED O+M recertification using Arc, then regular LEED certification fees will apply. These fees are the same as those for LEED O+M certification. The certification fee covers the initial review and subsequent annual reviews, for five years.
The cost for the optional display unit / hardware is $6000.00 — this is a one-time fee and includes help with set up.
USGBC is seeking interested school districts, with and without LEED projects, to start using the new Arc platform to track performance of their buildings, benchmark with their peers and share feedback with USGBC along the way.
The use of Arc for schools is free of charge and will help support school district sustainability efforts across all three pillars: building performance, health and wellness and sustainability literacy. Learn more.
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.
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.
Arc & 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.
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.
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.
Projects teams can use the performance score in several ways, including tracking, managing and benchmarking their property. GBCI can review the accuracy of the data and supporting documentation and pending any issues, may award an updated LEED certification or validated performance score. Here are a few examples:
- For previously certified LEED O+M buildings, the building can maintain its certification using a reviewed performance score (in lieu of using the traditional, credit-based LEED recertification path).
- For previously certified LEED BD+C or ID+C, the team can ensure their building is performing as expected and commit to ongoing performance.
- For non-certified buildings that wish to achieve initial LEED O+M certification, the team can utilize the performance score to LEED certification path. Please note that the initial certification must be achieved within three years of registration, and maintained annually. The certification fee covers annual reviews for five years.
- For non-LEED certified buildings that do not wish to earn LEED O+M certification, the team can validate the performance score through a certification review. Similar to the paths above, a performance score is validated for a period of one year (365 days) and the certification fee covers annual reviews for five years.
The performance score generated through the Arc platform does not replace a project's LEED certification level earned through initial certification. Rather, it is an indicator of current performance. LEED-certified projects using Arc should reference their most recent LEED certification (or recertification) level.
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. Noncertified buildings can use Arc to make incremental sustainability improvements to eventually achieve LEED certification.
LEED certified projects using Arc can reference their Arc participation with: This LEED® [certification level – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum] project is using Arc™ to manage its building performance. When referencing non-certified projects using Arc: This [building/community/city/district] is using Arc™ to track and improve its continuous improvement efforts.
All projects from LEED Online, including certified projects, are automatically listed in Arc. You can simply open your projects in Arc by visiting http://www.arcskoru.com/, and clicking "Log In" in the upper right corner - your username / password from LEED Online works here too. After you login, simply sign the user agreement to get started.
If any of your projects are missing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the project name and ID number and we'd be happy to assist further.
Any project registered in LEED Online is listed in Arc, and you can begin using the platform for data tracking right away.
LEED O+M projects have two options to maintain their certification:
- Recertify using the credit-based approach in LEED Online, OR
- Recertify through the performance based approach in Arc, i.e. ongoing certification
The fees for either option are the same, listed here: http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/fees#om. There is no registration fee required for either option. Please note that when using Arc, your certification review fee covers an annual review for five years.
When using Arc for ongoing O+M certification, the team does not need to complete any LEED credit forms. Instead, the team will enter data in Arc under the five categories - Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience. This data will determine the project's performance score. A previous LEED certification contributes up to a maximum of 10 base points, depending on previous credit achievement in the initial certification. The base score is static and is not impacted by the data entered into the platform.
Please see the description in the LEED Innovation Catalog for information on how to use Arc to demonstrate compliance with the LEED ID Green Building Education strategy.
Neighborhoods, larger developments and even entire cities can register in Arc as a project and begin tracking data and information that they choose to input. LEED for Cities is for defined cities and LEED for Communities is for privately held land and developments. Learn more about the types of metrics that LEED for Cities and Communities can track. Read more about LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities.