Physical and Property Characteristics

Many of your business problems probably require you to understand what a building looks like, or what its key statistics are.

BuildingFootprintUSA™ data captures many physical and property characteristics, such as:

Building height is the basic building block when you want to visualize or analyze information in 3D.  Viewsheds, line of sight, wireless signal propagation, urban planning — all require the ability to understand the height of buildings.  We are adding building height attribution to millions of buildings with each of our releases.

Do you need to understand how the basic elevation of a building can influence risk or exposure for insurance underwriting, or engineering and construction in the utility industry?

We provide two levels of ground elevation attribution. The basic attribution is a minimum, maximum and average ground elevation for every building. For advanced attribution we provide Perimeter Ground Elevation where every vertex or node of the building carries a ground elevation value.

Square footage attribution hints at what is inside a building. How many square feet does a single family home or multi-family residential building have?  How big is an industrial manufacturing building inside? How many square feet of retail space are in a shopping mall.

Understanding the ownership of a building provides important context for many business problems that you may have. What influence does ownership have on selling goods and services to commercial or residential inhabitants? Is a building owner-occupied?  What buildings are owned by a particular owner?

Valuation — what is a building worth according to the market or to a tax assessor — has many uses.  How much is the building worth in the context of an insurance or risk assessment? Does valuation say anything about the tenants and their characteristics?  Can valuation of buildings provide insight on regional planning programs, their creation, and their impact?

Do you need to understand additional data points about the building or what is inside?

These are just the starting points for understanding the physical and property characteristics.

We regularly talk to our clients about additional needs that they have.

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Commercial Insights

Commercial Insights

  • Business Name + Address
  • Employees + Firmographics
  • SIC + NAICS codes
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Residential Information

Residential Information

  • Single Family Home + MDUs
  • Household + Ownership
  • Age, Race + Affluence
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  • Geocode
  • Reverse Geocode
  • To Connect Building Footprints to Other Address-based Data
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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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