Why biix is changing things


Biix has developed a powerful breakthrough product for the built environment, an Open Standards database for buildings. The firm has developed a comprehensive solution to the problem of interoperability of various Building Information Management systems and the machine-to-machine networks on which they rely.

biix is the first cloud-based software product to allow cradle-to-grave documentation. The biix process starts with collecting, classifying, storing and making easily accessible the fundamental data of each asset in the building. biix enables the building operator to access, analyze, and communicate that data more easily than ever before, finally enabling him to achieve total control over his building’s environment and operations.


Biix, Inc. has put together one of the most highly qualified teams ever assembled for building or facility-based software. The team has renowned world-class qualifications in national and international building software standards, and in cloud-based commissioning. This combination of unique skills has allowed us to develop a new approach to facility-focused software – an approach that many in the industry have been hoping to see emerge for years. The proprietary software we have developed, incorporating Open Standards, is called biix.




biix is:

  • for buildings - new & existing

  • for instant access

  • organized by individual asset



What makes a Smart Building smart?

•    Interoperability
•    Open Standards
•    Commissioning
•    Responsive to needs of owners and tenants

Smart buildings start by building knowledge management, first by gathering information. This information gathering is a painstakingly expensive process. Increasingly, it goes by the name Building Commissioning. Without a common information model, buildings must be re-commissioned for each integration, for each smart energy application, and for each financial optimization. Without a common information model, these different processes cannot share information
with each other.

biix uses cloud services to make building commissioning faster, easier, and less expensive. biix is the commissioning based-system which creates a standards-based information model using standard core semantics. This gives the owner a single source of information, easy to get at, easy to use, which can be used by all smart building applications. With biix, building owners commission once, and use that information again, and again.

Information in Silos

Interoperability & Standards

Why Care About Standards in Buildings?

Ease of Communicating
Exchanging information is the easy part. How to get what you need is the hard part. biix makes it easy.
Getting to What You Need
Information in buildings is either behind proprietary firewalls, stored on someone's workstation or USB stick, or stacked in dusty piles in a basement storeroom. biix keeps it simple.
Cloud-Based Access
biix is cloud-based. Anything that anyone needs is available anytime, from anywhere. All password protected.
It's About 'HOW' Things are Organized
Open standards utilizing approved methods of organizing building data is what COBie represents at its best. COBie is supported by large federal agencies, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and many more. biix automatically takes care of all of this - behind the scenes.
COBie and Exchanging Information
If you are interested in being able to make information useful across a small or large portfolio, you want biix and COBie. biix makes it simple, intuitive and easy.

TechSpeak - COBieLite

COBieLite is designed as a National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) compliant XML specification for COBie that simplifies the delivery and use of facility asset information for application programmers outside the typical architects, engineers, builders, and managers who already use COBie in IFC or Spreadsheet XML formats. In short, the COBieLite XML Schema is for programmers what the COBie spreadsheet format is for architects, engineers, builders, and managers.

The "Lite" term is included in the name of this new COBie XML deliverable format because its underlying schema is:

  1. Explicitly represented in an XML Schema declaration. Thus, programmers do not have to filter through the various COBie project pages and COBie spreadsheet examples to begin programming applications that exchange COBie data.
  2. Free of unnecessary data about spreadsheet workbooks, worksheets, text style, etc.
  3. A less computationally expensive way to reconcile COBie decomposition relationships (e.g. Facility → Floor → Space). The COBieLite schema uses parent-child nesting to represent decomposition as much as possible while minimizing the use of computationally expensive table key references that appear throughout the COBie spreadsheet format.
  4. Designed to be re-used in Life Cycle information exchange (LCie) lightweight subschema that represent COBie enterprise application Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD) transactions.

At its core, COBieLite is a NIEM-conformant XML document schema, and it is supported by an integrated development, documentation, and testing tool freely available through Creative Commons License from the OASIS Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM) project. Additionally, COBieLite is supported by numerous other applications and programming libraries that process XML schemas, e.g., Microsoft Visual Studio, Altova XML, SAXON XML Parser, and Apache XML Beans for Java.

Source: National Institute of Building Sciences. See also The COBie Guide.