COPE data are the building blocks of underwriting and managing portfolio risk for the Insurance industry. Information about the makeup of properties, what types of businesses occupy them, and what exterior hazards impact each, are necessary to accurately rate the risks. BFUSA links all of these critical elements to individual building level accuracy. Completeness and quality of data are our priorities.


Over 150 variables such as Construction Type, Year Built, and Square Footage, from our data curation of building structures, assessor/real property, building permit and other sources. Clients are using the data to augment SOV’s where information is missing or unreliable. Additionally, use the data to prefill the underwriting workflow.


BFUSA is able to identify if a building structure is residential or commercial. We have data available for over 16-million businesses nationwide. Understand the type of business for each by SIC or NAICs codes, as well as other details such as hours of operation, number of employees, estimated revenue, primary contacts, number of businesses per building, and more.


Use building footprint data to ask key questions related to structure protection that informs risk analyses and decisions:
  • Distance to fire stations and hydrants
  • Proximity to city/town infrastructure and services
  • Types of structures that surround or are nearest to a specific building
  • Identification of multi-family residential, apartments/condos and commercial structures


Man-made and natural hazards have an effect on each property. BFUSA collects key ground elevation data about each structure (min/max/average, building vertices) and first floor elevation. We have lists of hundreds of historical, modeled and predictive data elements that cover earthquakes, hurricanes, flood, wildfire, hail and many others. Combined with the precision of our building footprints, you are able to do hyper-accurate risk analysis. 

The Problem With Poor Quality COPE Data

  • Client submitted SOV’s are inherently unreliable – incomplete addressing, primary and secondary building attributes are sparsely populated and have questionable quality

  • Fill rates from current 3rd party COPE data providers are often poor, resulting in low confidence for use in an underwriting process/decision

  • Heavy reliance on physical inspections/surveys that are costly and not scalable

  • Under/overstated impact on Cat and loss estimates

  • Individual data components are available, but not delivered as data solutions

Ground Elevation

Ground Elevation

Address Data, Height Data, and Business Information all in one.

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Perimeter Ground Elevation

Perimeter Ground Elevation

Elevation level at each of the vertexes of our building footprints, creating a deeper analysis and better understanding of each building.

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Building Height

Building Height

Height data enhances your understanding of what is within each structure and takes your analysis from 2D to 3D.

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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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