HonestBuildings.com announced today the release of its beta platform, a
free web service allowing users to find and compare information, ratings
and reviews for any commercial or residential building in the U.S.
Simply by searching for an address or zip code, anyone can access
reviews, Honesty Ratings™, energy data, projects and renovations, and
view the people and organizations associated with that building, for
“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real
estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and
inefficient,” said Riggs Kubiak, CEO of Honest Buildings. “Our goal is
to connect people, catalyze transactions, and accelerate the development
of high performance buildings on a global scale.”
Anyone can use Honest Buildings to compare buildings based on size,
location, type, ratings, associated organizations, and the types of
projects that have been completed, helping them to make better-informed
decisions about real estate.
Projects can range from a small home renovation to obtaining LEED
certification for a million-square-foot real estate development, and
everything in between. During its private beta, Honest Buildings has
already amassed over 50,000 completed projects representing over 10
billion square feet of buildings, and is working with real estate
developers to source service providers for their open design,
construction and renovation projects.
Real estate owners, municipalities, and management companies can claim
their building’s profile page to update information, highlight new
renovations and amenities, and increase exposure and interest for their
properties. They can then use the platform to research and hire the best
service providers for their projects, and streamline the process for
distributing requests for proposals and receiving bids.
Building service providers and vendors drive new business by creating
free company profiles to showcase their portfolio of projects,
highlighting their accomplishments, and networking with colleagues and
prospective clients. These projects are also connected to the building
profiles where they were completed, increasing an organization’s
exposure and generating inbound inquiries.
In addition to these free services, Honest Buildings offers businesses a
premium subscription service, which enables them to increase their
visibility with owners and managers, receive requests for proposals, and
submit bids through the platform. Honest Buildings also generates
revenue through industry sponsorships, display and search advertising.
Honest Buildings has raised seed capital from Nick Allen and Sunil Paul
of Spring Ventures, and a group of angel investors including Malcolm
Lewis, Jason Scott, and Lisa Gansky. It has also announced it is working
with Environmental Defense Fund, ENERGY STAR, Building Operator’s
Certification, and CUNY High Performance Building Lab.
About Honest Buildings
Founded by Riggs Kubiak, former Global Head of Sustainability for
Tishman Speyer, and marketing and Internet veterans Garrett Kubiak and
Cody Roberts, it is co-located in New York City in the NYCACRE incubator
and in Seattle.