The Yelp for Green Buildings:


There’s Yelp for restaurants, TripAdvisor for hotels, and now Honest Buildings for green buildings. Honest Buildings, which launches today in beta, aims to fill that gap and simultaneously encourage building owners to make greener choices. Search an address in one of 5,570 cities, and ratings on the building’s walkability, energy use, and LEED compliance shed light on its green performance. Join the network, and you can review, comment on, or add photos of a building. Members who design, build, and repair buildings can showcase particular projects and link them to the building’s profile page.

Among the sectors with the most to contribute toward sustainability—transportation, electricity, and the built environment—buildings get the least attention. For example, Serious Energy installed super-insulated windows in buildings such as the NY Stock Exchange, Museum of Flight, Boulder Library, and Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas– but its not heavily publicized.  In New York City, buildings use 75 percent of all energy consumed. In the United States as a whole, the building sector ate up 40% of the country’s primary energy consumption in 2008. Most of this energy goes to heating and cooling the spaces where we spend our days. Making buildings more energy-efficient should be a no-brainer for building owners and operators: It might require investing a little more upfront, but the measures save money in the long run.