SmartScore Launch
By developing a new standard, WiredScore aims to bring credibility and certainty to a rapidly transforming industry

WiredScore launches smart building certification

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Karl Tomusk

SmartScore will provide clarity, definition and measurement for the growing smart building industry with an initial 70 buildings in seven countries committed to certification.

Developed in conjunction with the WiredScore Smart Council, a group of 90 tenants, landlords and property professionals from around the world, SmartScore will offer guidance around what ‘smart’ is and how it should be implemented.

To ensure it is as complementary as possible with other industry standards, WiredScore has worked with BREEAM, LEED, RESET and WELL to create alignment with their certifications.

Although the smart building market is forecast to reach $180.9bn by 2025, there has been a lack of clarity about what exactly qualifies as a smart building. By developing a common standard, WiredScore said it aims to bring credibility and certainty to an industry undergoing a rapid transformation.

In a new white paper, WiredScore set out the six functions a smart building must 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)

So far, 70 buildings in seven countries from 44 landlords are committed to the SmartScore certification. These include Allianz Real Estate, British Land, Derwent London, Gecina, Great Portland Estates, Legal & General, M&G Real Estate, Nuveen Real Estate, Standard Life Aberdeen and U+I.

Explore the UK’s first buildings to commit to SmartScore:

William Newton, president and EMEA MD at WiredScore, said: “The real estate industry and the demands put on it by tenants have changed significantly over the last year. The only way that landlords can deliver the experiences and value that are now expected is to become smart. But to do that without really knowing what smart means and how to demonstrate it is impossible.

“Our hope is that by introducing a definition and a certification by which to measure, landlords will be able to finally take advantage of the benefits that smart buildings offer themselves, their tenants and of course the environment.”

Melanie Leech, CEO of the British Property Federation, said: “Smarter buildings are the future. Harnessing technology to drive innovation, productivity and growth will be crucial in ensuring the property sector meets its ambitious net-zero targets and will dramatically enhance the value tenants get from our buildings.

“SmartScore sets a standard for and defines what ‘smart’ means for buildings, and this will be important in driving further positive change and understanding among the wider industry and other stakeholders of our sector’s ambitions to better serve its customers and communities.”

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