Adding value in our latest release

BuildingFootprintUSA – Adding value in our latest release

This week we are sending out our latest release of BuildingFootprintUSATM data to our clients.  Every BuildingFootprintUSA release has the same themes – millions of additional addresses geocoded to rooftop accuracy, millions more buildings with high accuracy height calculations, new county coverage, updates to existing counties, and more.

We want to highlight a couple of things about this release. Firstly, this is the second release to include a Residential / Business delivery indicator.  This flag indicates whether an address is associated with a residence, with a business or is unknown. This flag is another way we can answer one of the most frequent questions that we get – “can you show me all of the commercial buildings?” With our latest release, we are able to associate tens of millions of addresses with a flag that distinguishes commercial from residential.

Secondly, we continue to identify new sources of addressing information to combine with our building footprint data. In one fast-growth county in California, we identified new addressing data sources that help us identify an additional 210,000 addresses to a building footprint accuracy.  Our efforts aren’t limited to one or two counties. Nationwide, our addressing efforts help us add over 15 million rooftop accurate addresses to our latest release.

These are just two dimensions that we can highlight on how are data is expanding.  With releases coming out every quarter, we are constantly able to tell stories about how we can connect our data with other information, and how our clients are using BuildingFootprintUSA data to solve business problems faster and more accurately.


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LightBox acquires industry leader BuildingFootprintUSA™

IRVINE, CA – February 1, 2021 – LightBox, a leading provider of commercial real estate data and workflow solutions, announced the acquisition of BuildingFootprintUSA™, the premier provider of building and structure boundaries for location analytics. With this acquisition, LightBox will immediately make building footprints available to its customers.

Connecting BuildingFootprintUSA datasets to LightBox data will create the industry’s only fully integrated parcel, building structure, and property attribute datasets for comprehensive location intelligence across the commercial real estate, telecommunications, routing & logistics, and insurance markets, as well as the broader geospatial ecosystem.

“This acquisition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovation that serves the commercial real estate ecosystem. We’re looking to replace existing information silos with industry standard linked datasets. Our parcels and property data will now be integrated with rooftop-level geocodes, addresses, and boundaries,” said LightBox CEO, Eric Frank. “We strongly believe the future is one of connected datasets and we want to drive this change for the commercial real estate industry in the US and Canada.”

BuildingFootprintUSA was founded in 2016 in Albany, New York. The company serves customers of all size within commercial real estate, telecommunications, insurance, and mapping solutions with high-accuracy location data to facilitate accurate site selection, routing, spatial analysis and data visualization. Customers leverage building geometry, height, and ground elevation data to assist in determining potential flood risks, expanding broadband connectivity, policy planning for safety and security, and broader geospatial analytics.

“Joining LightBox gives us an exciting opportunity to grow and deliver our data and solutions to a broader segment of the commercial real estate market in the US and Canada,” said Karl Urich, founder and president of BuildingFootprintUSA. “By combining our datasets with those of LightBox, we will be able to offer the most accurate boundary, address, and geocoding dataset available.”

To learn more about how you can begin leveraging solutions that combine the best of BuildingFootprintUSA and LightBox today, please visit

LightBox is building the world’s leading real estate information and technology platform. LightBox customers comprise all types of enterprises needing authoritative real estate data and workflow solutions, including brokers, developers, investors, lenders, insurers, environmental consultants, corporations, technology companies, and valuation professionals. LightBox is backed by Silver Lake and Battery Ventures.

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