A new website recently launched in the United States is being dubbed the social network for buildings.
Think of Honest Buildings as a LinkedIn for the construction industry – only the profiles are about infrastructure, not individuals.
The aim of the site is to connect a range of people from across the industry to create transparency about building design, in particular sustainable development.
"It provides a voice for everyone who occupies buildings, works with buildings, and owns buildings globally to comment, display projects, and solicit business with the macro goal of creating a more sustainable environment," according to the site.
Karla Zens, a real estate writer, believes that this new venture could help people access information about EnergyStar or LEED ratings – the US equivalents of Australia's Green Star ratings system.
"Because Honest Buildings gets their data directly from the USGBC [United States Green Building Council] and EnergyStar (and a myriad of other data integrations, with more on the way) it's reliable," she wrote in the Huffington Post on March 27 .
This, combined with the feature allowing users to comment and add reviews, means that "anyone can augment or dispute incorrect information".
Honest Buildings is currently based in the United States, but who knows – if it goes viral like Facebook it could be coming to Australia soon.