New tools allow Arc projects to understand physical risks

Chris Pyke
Published on: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Arc uses real-world data to score, benchmark, and communicate about the performance of spaces, buildings, and places. Until now, these performance metrics focused on energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience -- factors prioritized in LEED v4.1 for Operations and Maintenance. 

Asset owners and managers increasingly recognize additional performance issues. One of the most important is vulnerability to current and future physical risks, such as flooding and heat (McKinsey Global Institute 2020). These have direct consequences for facility operations and asset value. The first step in managing these issues is a quantitative, site-specific understanding of physical risks. 

Source: McKinsey Global Institute (2020)


Late in 2020, USGBC announced a collaboration with Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC). This collaboration is now reflected in the availability of the CRC Risk Footprint Report to Arc users. This is part of the new Climate Risk toolset. 

RiskFootprint™  Report 

The RiskFootprint™ Report is generated from our automated, proprietary model that screens properties for a variety of potential hazards and provides actionable intelligence for typical due diligence and risk mitigation decisions concerning buying, selling, investing, lending, insuring or protecting properties. 

The RiskFootprint™ Report for the Arc office at 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC shows hazards associated with the property and surrounding neighborhood.


The report indicates low risks from flooding, including riverine, tidal, and storm surges. This makes sense. It indicates higher risks from extreme rain, wind, and tornadoes with the highest risk from extreme heat. This also makes for DC under rising temperatures and humidity.


The report also details the basis for these estimates, including the underlying geospatial data and impact models. 

Purchasing RiskFootprint™ Reports in Arc

Arc users can find and purchase RiskFootprint Reports with the following steps: 

  1. Login to Arc and navigate to a project
  2. Under Project Tools, select Climate Risk
  3. Under Generate a Risk Footprint Report, click “Create a report”. This will open a window to confirm the project location

Then, the system will prompt you to enter payment information and confirm the transaction. Note, this is a one-time payment. Each instance of requesting a RiskFootprint™ Report requires a separate payment.

Upon completion you will be returned to the “Past Reports” section and see a record indicating a “pending report”. You will receive an email notice when it is complete, generally within 48 hours. The completed report will be available to download in the Past Reports section.

Please contact us if you need help or more information about RiskFootprint™ reports in Arc.