Announcing BuildingFootprintUSA™

Because we don’t live, work, play and shop on a pushpin

Today we are announcing BuildingFootprintUSA™, available in June 2016.

We marvel at high precision geocoding; we appreciate the challenge of building out a nationwide coverage of parcel data. However, when it is time to analyze and display things that are buildings and structures we use points and land polygons as proxies for the actual locations of homes, apartment building, offices, stores, stadiums, and on and on.

Availability of high resolution imagery solves many business problems where you need to see more than points and land polygons, yet many applications need vector information – an actual polygon that shows the building that can be analyzed, queried and displayed. Infrastructure planning, geofencing, building-level thematic mapping, risk management – all are use cases where building footprint mapping improves your business process and displays a richer texture to your map.

Our first product release contains 40 million building footprints out of an estimated 110 million structures in the United States. We project by the end of the year we will have over 50 million building footprints in BuildingFootprintUSA™, representing 45% of the nation’s structures, covering 50% of the nation’s population. We are hyper-focused on affordability, ensuring that it is easy to add valuable coverage to your map and analysis.

We aren’t stopping there – when you have the building you can add contextual information about the building – what are the characteristics of the building, what goes on in the building, and what exists in the building – more to come later in 2016!

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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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At BFUSA LightBox, we develop next-generation geolocation data centered on the built environment — where people live, work, shop, and play. Our hyper-accurate building and address data helps customers make critical decisions that are highly dependent on location. Learn more about BFUSA.

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