What the launch of SmartScore really means for smart

As smart building solutions continue to gain momentum, will the introduction of a new smart building certification add clarity to an already crowded marketplace?

The smart buildings industry has continued to gain traction and grow throughout the global pandemic as more organisations look to smart solutions to overcome real estate challenges. In response, WiredScore introduced its new smart building certification SmartScore in April 2021. This certification sets a new global standard and framework for smart buildings.

Cordless Consultants, workplace technology experts and sister company to WORKTECH Academy, attended the launch event of SmartScore and offers its perspective on what this new certification means for the rapidly growing industry of smart buildings.

Benchmarking the best

The Smart Score event’s opening gambit was: technology should be driven by the outcomes delivered for people. Smart buildings are ultimately built with people at the centre, but they also need strong technological foundations to support sustainable spaces that are both experiential and efficiently run.

For the first time, SmartScore gives developers and occupiers of buildings an international benchmark to identify best-in-class smart buildings that deliver exceptional user experience, drive cost efficiencies, meet high standards of sustainability and are fully future proof. The certification has been developed ‘by the industry for the industry’ and with a portfolio of over 70 smart buildings already certified globally, SmartScore is off to a good start.

In the ‘smarter’ digital age, we rely daily on a data-driven culture to help us make decisions. Tech gives us transparency and is the driving force through which we can leverage AI and machine learning. We know we can have increasing control over the environmental impact and efficiency of our surroundings.

The demands of smart

The pandemic has undoubtedly step-changed how we manage our own personal productivity. The emerging shape of a smarter hybrid ‘home-hub-club’ working model means we can connect via tech to work in the most appropriate methods and locations. Smart not only means we can optimise our work environment, we can also control our own wellness and destinies.

As for our building portfolio, we want futureproof, sustainable, secure and cost-efficient spaces. We want collaboration, connectivity, community and provision of on-demand services. We want great system integration with strong governance. To this end, SmartScore provides a useful model for us to deliver on our workplace wish lists.

Building SmartScore framework

Cordless Consultants has been an active member of the WiredScore Smart Council Research Advisors for a number of years and, more recently, has been helping develop the framework for SmartScore. The SmartScore Smart Building framework itself is based on delivering an inspirational user experience; individual and collaborative productivity; and digital connectivity. Each of these areas is then broken down into subcategories against which buildings are rated.

The framework helps provide a roadmap that organisations can follow through for new builds or refurbishment projects to achieve a broad range of outcomes. In marketing terms, SmartScore is a badge of honour for a new ‘alpha class of building’ for those looking to evidence their Smart Building investment. Landlords and occupiers can together capitalise on Smart Building status, using the framework to enhance mutual performance and deliver value.

‘SmartScore is a badge of honour for a new alpha class of building…’

What’s more, the SmartScore benchmark is scalable. So, you can start with a small part of your real estate portfolio and scale up, keeping a consistent focus on users and outcomes.

Smart is indeed the buzzword of our time and is giving all those in the real estate and construction industry an air of optimism. SmartScore has certainly developed a strong ecosystem to showcase new standards in the Smart Buildings world.

In a world where everything is claiming to be ‘smart’, the market can be cloudy and difficult to navigate. This new certification provides real estate leaders with a degree of clarity as to what is actually a smart building solution.

Beverley Eggleton is Marketing Manager of Cordless Consultants. Cordless designs building technology to best practice and is truly independent of all manufacturers, suppliers and Master System Integrators, helping developers and occupiers of buildings achieve best-in-class, best fit and best value from the chosen solutions.
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