Dublin clients already signed up include Irish Life Investment Managers, Kennedy Wilson, Round Hill Capital, Tristan Capital and Patrizia.
The certification, which has four levels ranging from ‘Certified’ to ‘Platinum’, supports residential developers from the beginning of their projects, helping them to understand at the design stage how to implement the best digital infrastructure into their developments. This saves time, money and reduces the risk of expensive retrofits in the future. The scheme also helps landlords proactively identify and rectify potential issues in existing assets, that could impact their future value and rental income, which is particularly of value to landlords in the build-to-rent market.
WiredScore has certified more than 600m sq ft of commercial space across nine countries impacting over six million office workers since its launch in New York in 2013.
‘The Digital Premium: The Irish Home Connectivity Report’ commissioned by WiredScore in Ireland found that 92% of people had connectivity issues in their home in the last year. The result was over a third of respondents would not have moved into their current property if they knew WiFi connectivity would be poor.
The certification helps translate complex digital infrastructure into simple engaging language that renters understand so that landlords can better communicate the best-in-class technology experiences of their properties.
Round Hill Capital’s 216 apartment build-to-rent Bridgefield scheme in Dublin 9 will be one of the first residential developments to be certified by WiredScore Home in Ireland.
Peter Holden, group development director of Round Hill Capital, said: “Forward-thinking landlords recognise the immense value of investing in reliable digital infrastructure in their build-to-rent properties. Round Hill Development is committed to providing a quality in-home digital connectivity experience. From our international expertise, we can introduce innovations to benefit our Irish residents, and we believe WiredScore certification will provide another proof point to demonstrate that.”
William Newton, president and MD of WiredScore, said: “Homes have evolved. Nowadays they are often launchpads for businesses, theatres for film nights and spaces in which people can game and learn. Our latest Irish research shows that renter demand for a good connectivity experience is ever growing. By launching WiredScore Home in Ireland we hope to enable the residential market in Ireland to meet these consumer expectations by helping landlords and developers design buildings that are ready for tomorrow.”