Commercial Estates Group’s EQ building in Bristol has become the first in the world to receive WiredScore’s SmartScore certification for smart buildings.
An initial 70 buildings in seven countries committed to certification when WiredScore launched the rating scheme in April this year.
SmartScore was designed to provide a global standard for smart buildings, identifying those that are ‘best in class’ around the world by delivering exceptional user experience, driving cost efficiency, meeting high standards of sustainability and being fully future-proof.
The 200,000 sq ft EQ building achieved a SmartScore Gold certification and is already certified WiredScore Platinium for its connectivity. CEG worked with engineering consultancy Buro Happold to secure the rating.
WiredScore said EQ will offer “the next generation” of office buildings in Bristol when it completes in early 2023.
Tom McClellan, country director for UK and Ireland at WiredScore, said: “Securing the first global SmartScore certification is a landmark achievement for CEG and the wider industry and, in doing so, demonstrates its commitment to the future of an ever-changing real estate landscape.
“Smart buildings will play a key role in creating more attractive, efficient and sustainable workplaces that allow individual productivity to flourish and where people can meet and collaborate. As we move closer to a return to workspaces, ensuring tenants are benefiting from the best possible working environments will be paramount to maintaining the dynamism of our cities.”
At the launch of SmartScore, WiredScore published a white paper outlining the six functions that a smart building has to deliver:
- Individual and collaborative productivity (e.g. automatic visitor check-in, automatic meeting room booking, desk booking, occupancy detection)
- Health and wellbeing (e.g. air quality monitoring, lighting/temperature/ventilation adjustment, cleanliness and maintenance reporting systems)
- Community and services (e.g. providing users with the ability to explore and access external services, deliveries, accessibility options and communication with users)
- Sustainability (e.g. energy/water lighting optimisation, waste management, charging points for EVs)
- Maintenance and optimisation (e.g. immediate and detailed performance data, more finely tuned system performance)
- Security (e.g. building security, access controls, fire alarms and compliance management)
The 70 buildings that committed to achieving SmartScore certification have had to submit evidence that they meet the scheme’s requirements.
EQ was designed with a focus on sustainability and technology. The building, a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ office, is all-electric and powered by green energy, including 600 sq m of PV panels. There will be 32 EV car parking and 263 bike storage spaces, with the ability to expand to 400 bike spaces depending on demand.
Branding itself ‘smart ready’, EQ will integrate a bespoke building app, contactless access, air quality monitoring and real time energy usage data.
The building’s EQ Life app allows users to book events, hire bicycles or scooters, book meeting rooms and event space, order coffee and connect with others in the building.
Alongside these features, EQ offers nearly 20,000 sq ft of dedicated amenity space (for gyms and exercise classes) and a combination of workspace ranging from 8 flexible desks to longer term leases on floorplates of 27,377 sq ft on the upper floors.
Nick Lee, development director at CEG, said: “Working alongside WiredScore and Buro Happold to achieve this landmark SmartScore certification is fantastic for CEG and Bristol. The exceptional design of EQ and the technological prowess it embraces responds to the step change in the way people are working and occupying space.
“This drive to meet our customers’ needs now, and in the future, has delivered a global benchmark in one of the UK’s most exciting cities.”