How Tertius, the Airbnb of inspections, will help alleviate DC’s housing shortage

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to speak at a conference in Sweden about the sharing economy. I had the pleasure of meeting Ernest Chapprah, an executive in Washington, D.C.’s city government. He wanted to bring sharing economy efficiencies to city services. We had a short chat, exchanged cards, and I followed up with an introduction to one of Shareable’s partners, Adam Broadway, CEO of platformOS.

Fast forward to today, and Ernest spearheaded the development and recent launch of Tertius, an online buildings inspections marketplace offered by the D.C. government that he calls, “the Airbnb of building inspections.” It was built using platformOS’ platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology, which allows almost anyone to quickly and inexpensively launch an enterprise-grade marketplace. It’s a true platform in a box.  

Tertius has revolutionized D.C.’s once cumbersome and delay-prone inspections process through a centralized platform that manages inspections from initial bookings to completion. The early results are promising. Tertius has shrunk inspection times from weeks to as little as two days and is expected to increase inspections by 67% in the first year of operation.

In addition, the new sharing economy business model for building inspections is expected to generate millions in additional revenue for the D.C. government while increasing the quality of inspections through inspector ratings and reviews — a level of transparency that didn’t exist in the prior inspections process.

One keenly anticipated result of the new system is that it will help speed new housing construction and help alleviate the housing crisis in one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S. 

Download the case study to learn more about how Tertius and platformOS revolutionized D.C.’s buildings inspections process.

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Tertius, powered by platformOS’ SaaS technology, is projected to increase inspections by 67% in the first year.
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