USGBC recently launched what they are calling “GBIG“- The Green Building Information Gateway. GBIG is accessed by simply visiting GBIG.org and is touted to be a repository for data and sustainable buildings and their related strategies. GBIG currently has five sections: Activities, Buildings, Places, Strategies and Collections:
The activities section allows you to view building that have achieved different certifications, labels and awards. Currently it is tracking things like LEED certifications, BREEAM certifications, Energy Star labels, AIA COTE award winners, Living Building Challenge Projects, Enterprise Green Communities certifications and more. You can sort by the different certifications or view a timeline of recent activities.
This section allows you to view information about buildings that have one or more sustainable “activities” associated with them. When the activity is a LEED certification, you can view details about the certification including rating system, level of certification and even which LEED credits were achieved. Additionally, some projects have linked case studies that include even more information.
Places allows you to view sustainable projects sorted by country or city. It also has a running top ten list that shows which U.S. and non U.S. cities have the most green building activities.
The strategies section allows you to view buildings that have achieved different LEED credits and specific strategies like building reuse, regional materials or heat island reduction. It is also sorted by rating system, so you could use this section to see how many LEED for Schools 2009projects have achieved the Construction Waste Management credit.
This section allows you to view groups of projects that are similar in some way. Many collections have been formed based on project type like K-12 Education or Professional Sports venues. Other collections have been formed based on USGBC chapters or special technologies that have been used like solar hot water panels or ground source heat pumps.
I’m still exploring GBIG myself, but the amount of data it already contains is pretty impressive. It will be interesting to see how professionals and building owners around the world are allowed and encouraged to interact with the database. Currently, most of the information on GBIG is based on initial design strategies, features and performance. Very little is focused on actual performance after construction is complete which is that data that I think people are really hungry for. Hopefully this “in-use” data will become available over time.