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BuildingFootprintUSA – Our Latest Release, Embracing Open Standards and More

Last week we delivered our data latest release to our clients; typically we spend time discussing the advances that we are making in adding new coverage, updating existing coverage, creating more building height content, adding to our rooftop geocoding statistics and more.  This release is no different – height data for Vermont, new West Virginia coverage, hundreds of county updates and new coverage areas.  However we also want to talk about an important standards-based improvement to our data.

We hear numerous things from our customers:

  • Make it easy for us to create and maintain derivative products from your data
  • Allow us to spatially link other open and commercial products to BuildingFootprintUSA building footprints
  • Provide the capability to track change in the core building footprint dataset

We reviewed these and similar requests and determined we needed another attribute to add to our dataset.  In our latest release we are adding support for the Unique Building ID, developed by the US Department of Energy.  Every building in our dataset now carries the Unique Building ID, or UBID.  We choose this standard for several reasons – it is open and not proprietary, it allows any of our users to detect and manage change in our data, it can be used to connect any other data (open or proprietary) to BuildingFootprintUSA data.

In practical terms what does this UBID look like over time?  We can make small changes to the geometry of a building and you will not see the UBID change.  You can reliably create and link other data work to the UBID and carry that data forward to join with future versions of BFUSA data.  When the building geometry changes dramatically the UBID will change and you can determine how that impacts any derivatives or linkages that you have created.

Interested in understanding any aspect of our data, including UBID and how it can be used?  Contact us at to start the conversation.

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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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