The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched its online App Lab as part of its LEED Automation Program. The lab launched with eight applications, developed by LEED Automation Partners, and is designed for use with Internet browsers, tablets, smartphones and other devices.
The App Lab is a searchable catalog of third-party apps that are integrated with LEED data. Each app is a fully functional software tool that has been enhanced to provide LEED projects teams and administrators integration with LEED Online and address the LEED certification process. These tools are already being used for helping with task management, data interchange, file uploads, credit scorecards, credit strategies, team messaging and other uses, and are now capable of interacting directly with USGBC's LEED Online system.
"The LEED App Lab has been highly anticipated as a way to leverage multiple partners to expand the presence of green building," said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council. "The potential leverage points are so numerous that we really cannot anticipate the full impact of the App Lab. All we are sure of is that we have created a place to ignite the flames of true innovation and growth. LEED already embodied innovation. Now we are pushing LEED toward an entirely new world of possibilities."
All LEED automation partners have the ability to publish new apps to USGBC's App Lab.
Quotes from LEED Automation partners:
"The USGBC LEED App Lab introduces powerful commercially available software tools and services to accelerate the adoption of LEED," said David Pratt, president and CEO, LoraxPro. "These tools, available in one convenient location, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of LEED project teams. Using the LEED App Lab will save time and effort, reducing costs, while improving the value of LEED projects."
"We're pleased to participate in the USGBC App Lab partner initiative - providing the first application to support ongoing commissioning. Only 4% of buildings go after the hard-to-achieve LEED EBOM EA c2.3 credits. LEED applicants can attempt to secure these now with ease and convenience using our SCIwatch® app," said Russ McMeekin, president and chief executive officer, SCIenergy.
"The USGBC App Lab is an important platform because it helps projects and users make better choices at a lower cost. Indie Energy is proud to be part of this movement toward open data and applications by integrating its open platform for live building data and energy app development with LEED Online," said Daniel Cheifetz, Indie Energy CEO.
"The proliferation of "app stores" across several industry verticals has greatly improved the ability for end users to quickly identify and evaluate possible solutions to their critical business endeavors," said Jim Duffy, principal & chief software architect, Vorpalware Corp. "The new App Lab offering from the U.S. Green Building Council should serve as a much needed platform that will distill information related to LEED certification tools and provide a trusted source for technology that can aid green initiatives."
"We are all looking forward to the launch of the USGBC App Lab and the resulting interface with LEED Online. This next step in the evolution of the USGBC is a welcome solution that all project teams will appreciate. Our customers are thrilled at this new capability, saying that it will greatly reduce the administration time needed for managing their performance documents. Congratulations to USGBC for a great job!" said Bruce Albright, VP Sustainability, Professional Janitorial Service.
"The App Lab is a great resource that will showcase the most advanced technologies that integrate directly with LEED Online. It makes it much easier for those involved in the LEED certification process find the right tools to help them be more efficient and effective in their LEED projects," said Mike Stuart, president, Greengrade.
"GreenWizard is honored to be a USGBC technology partner and a driving force in LEED Automation. The new App Lab enables LEED users to identify and select solutions like GreenWizard, which helps them make better decisions in order to save time and money on their LEED projects," said Adam Bernholz, CEO of GreenWizard. "Through our partnership with USGBC, GreenWizard's comprehensive product management platform simplifies the LEED credit optimization process and reduces the cost of building sustainable, healthy, efficient buildings."
The apps available today represent our initial LEED Automation Partners; additional apps will be added over time. To use an app from the lab visit: www.usgbc.org/automation.
About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The USGBC's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 43,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 7.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, nearly 14,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 63,000 more homes registered. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at www.usgbc.org.