Honest Buildings Expands Commercial Real Estate Platform Into the UK

Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:00am EST

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Announces partnership with BRE Global to publicly display BREEAM environmental
performance certifications for thousands of buildings
LONDON--(Business Wire)--
Honest Buildings, the rapidly growing real estate network that connects decision
makers to solutions providers for millions of commercial real estate buildings,
announced today its first international expansion into the UK.

Honest Buildings has unlocked information for over 14.1 million square meters
(more than 9,500 commercial buildings) in the UK, with influential real estate
firms, including Aviva Investors, British Land, and Henderson Global Investors,
among many others, already using the platform. 

"Whether you`re in London or Liverpool, are a billion-pound property owner or a
small retail tenant, we`re thrilled to offer a new way to make real estate
decisions faster and more efficiently than ever before," said Nick Katz, Head of
Market Development Europe for Honest Buildings. "The HB Network now has an
online profile for nearly every UK property, making it easy to compare
companies, projects and professionals and find the best solution for your real
estate needs." 

As part of today`s launch, BRE Global has partnered with Honest Buildings to
bring a new level of transparency to UK commercial real estate. For the first
time on a web platform other than its own, BRE Global will display the
environmental performance certifications of thousands of buildings that are
certified under the BREEAM standard. 

"We are delighted to partner with Honest Buildings to display information on
thousands of internationally recognised BREEAM-rated buildings," said Richard
Hardy, Managing Director at BRE Global. "BREEAM is the most well established
sustainable buildings standard, and the Honest Buildings partnership provides
further recognition to the clients, developers and others to show major
improvements in the sustainability performance of new and existing buildings." 

Building solutions providers, from larger engineering and design firms like ARUP
and Buro Happold, to smaller carbon consultancy and energy efficiency firms like
Carbon Saver UK and Carbon Clear, are joining the HB Network to showcase their
portfolio of projects, increase awareness, and win new business. 

"The Honest Buildings Network is such a useful resource and so handy to display
our portfolio of work," said Janet Beckett, MCIBSE, Managing Director of Carbon
Saver UK. "There's the possibility to get discovered by all sorts of property
decision makers, partners and others, as well as the unlimited upside of gaining
new business from HB Match." 

Honest Buildings launched in New York on March 22, 2012, and in less than one
year has grown to a network of millions of buildings across the globe and tens
of thousands of real estate companies and professionals. To help decision makers
take advantage of the breadth and depth of the rapidly expanding network, the
company recently introduced HB Match, a premium consultation service that helps
real estate decision makers source, qualify and select building professionals
for their next project. 

"We were very impressed by the results!" said Mark Chadwick, CEO of Carbon
Clear, which used HB Match to find an engineering firm for an energy efficient
HVAC retrofit of a 10,000 square metre luxury hotel outside London. "The speed
and efficiency with which HB delivered was very impressive, providing qualified
contacts with virtually no effort on our side. We expect to use the platform for
rolling out this pilot and expanding to the rest of the hotel portfolio." 

For decision makers, HB Match executes a detailed evaluation of thousands of
professionals based on their custom criteria, and quickly delivers a shortlist
of candidates with the best track record. Decision makers at publicly traded
companies to tenants of small offices have used HB Match to find architects,
engineers, contractors, energy efficiency firms, interior designers, furniture
providers, software solution providers and more. 

In the US, Honest Buildings has also partnered with state governments to power
their online platforms for building and energy efficiency initiatives. Honest
Buildings powers an enterprise level platform for New York State`s Build Smart
NY initiative, which aims for a 20% reduction in energy use for 224 million SF
of government owned property by 2020. 

The Honest Buildings UK office is located at the Open Data Institute in
Shoreditch on the City Fringe. Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the
World Wide Web, and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is an independent,
non-profit, non-partisan, company, and the collaboration will allow Honest
Buildings the greatest access to vital data sets in the UK and beyond.

Honest Buildings
Nick Katz, +44(0)78 0553 9218
65 Clifton Street, 3rd Floor
London, EC2A 4JE, United Kingdom

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