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WiredScore takes first step towards smart building certification

The global rating scheme for digital connectivity in real estate has brought together leading landlords, developers and tenants from across the globe to form the WiredScore Smart Council, which it claims is the first dedicated smart building council in the world.

The WiredScore Smart Council has been created to provide clarity, leadership and guidance on what constitutes a smart building, and is comprised of global forward-thinking companies including:

  • Allianz Real Estate
  • Allied Properties REIT
  • Art-Invest Real Estate
  • AXA Investment Managers
  • British Land
  • Commerz Real
  • Deliveroo
  • Derwent London
  • EDGE
  • Fifth Wall
  • Gecina
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Hines
  • KingSett Capital
  • KPMG
  • Legal & General
  • Nuveen Real Estate
  • Patrizia AG
  • PGIM Real Estate
  • Rudin Management Company
  • U+I

WiredScore said this marks the first time landlords, tenants and real estate leaders of such calibre have come together to combine their knowledge and expertise to provide a dedicated approach to the impact of smart buildings within real estate.

The WiredScore Smart Council will work with WiredScore to establish clear criteria and standards that properties must meet to be certified smart, helping landlords navigate the complex new world of smart buildings, in advance of launching a new smart certification.

Certification will explore factors related to building operational efficiency, optimisation and obsolescence, and ultimately a building’s ability to deliver an inspirational user experience.

William Newton, president and MD of WiredScore, said: “Buildings are changing, and becoming spaces that can shape how we interact with our work and collaborate with each other. The speed with which technology is evolving means that buildings have to become smarter, working to better serve both landlords and day-to-day users.

“The smart building discourse, until now, has been dominated by technologists. We believe that the landlords and occupiers, as the ones building and using the spaces, are best placed to define what it takes to be a smart building.”

Julian Barker, Head of Smart Places, British Land: “The role of Smart in creating better quality, healthier and more sustainable real estate is becoming increasingly important as a result of Covid-19. WiredScore forming a Smart Council which brings together landlords and occupiers to define a certification framework for Smart is a huge step in the right direction. I look forward to seeing how our collective input will shape the meaning of smart and its impact on the industry.”

Sandra Gritti, product excellence director of EDGE, the Netherlands-based smart building developer, said: “We are proud to be part of the WiredScore Smart Council, as one of the global front runners in the development of smart offices it is great to join a like-minded council of innovators. The exchange of knowledge has always been our ambition. We look forward to contributing to a common understanding of what constitutes a smart building, how it can increase the performance of assets, the wellbeing of its users and create a more sustainable building stock. This initiative of WiredScore has the potential to be a great guide for the digitalization of our industry.”

Jesse Carrillo, chief information officer, Hines: “Smart technologies have existed for years, however, recently we have noticed a significant increase in newer smart technologies being brought to market, promoting everything from improved access control to climate control to health and wellness, whereas none of the existing technologies available had a strong enough use case for us to more broadly deploy them, these newer ones could change that.

“We know the future is smart, yet there has been a lack of clarity on how these technologies help us and our tenants. Which is why we were delighted to be invited by WiredScore to partake in their Smart Council. The council gives us a platform to discuss what smart means to our industry and allows us to support the shaping of the meaning of smart.”

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