Multiple Dwelling Units

A multiple-dwelling unit (MDU) is a real estate development or complex which houses a large number of people, such as apartments or condominium units. Telecom service providers are very interested in understanding where these buildings are located because it provides a large potential opportunity for new customers.

Additionally, telecom service providers would like to know where new MDUs are being built in relation to their network.

This can be a daunting task for any network planner, analyst, or data scientist. To properly do this, numerous data sets need to be cleaned, aggregated, and given an accurate location. 

What Problems Can Building Footprints Solve?

Problem: Where are MDUs located in relation to my network or new network?

Answer: We have the ability to overlay building footprint data with primary and secondary addresses (secondary units). We also provide building type/classification along with what businesses are associated with that address.

Problem: Who is the developer or building owner? What is the name of the condo owner?

Answer: Building footprint data can provide the contact information for the owners and/or developers for the buildings and/or condos.

Problem: How can I tell if it is a mixed-use building? If so, what kind of commercial businesses are located within the mixed-use building?

Answer: By using building footprint data, we can identify the residential address ranges and any commercial businesses within the building. We can also provide the business name and type.


Problem: What information would I want to know in order to turn a commercial building into a residential building?

Answer: We provide data that allows you to see if a commercial building is being remodeled into a residential building. In addition, we can provide the owner, builder, and developer’s name.


Residential Information

Residential Information

  • Single Family Home + MDUs
  • Household + Ownership
  • Age, Race + Affluence
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Permit Data

Permit Data

This construction data can give businesses a clearer picture of what the landscape could look like in the near future.

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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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