To receive a UL-verified SPIRE smart building assessment, UL experts perform an in-depth onsite audit assessment of technologies and processes and follow up with virtual meetings. The process focuses on six categories of key, industry-driven building criteria that define the full scope of smart building performance. These include electricity and energy, health and well-being, safety of people and property, connectivity, cybersecurity and sustainability. After a successful assessment, a building receives a UL-verified SPIRE smart building rating and a plaque that displays the building’s overall performance score, based on the building’s performance in the six criteria categories of the Smart Building Assessment Framework SPIRE.
The SPIRE Smart Building Verified Assessment is part of the SPIRE Smart Building Program, the world’s first comprehensive and objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings, created through a partnership between the TIA and UL. The SPIRE Smart Building Verified Assessment complements the existing SPIRE Self-Assessment, which allows users to enter building data into a secure browser-based application to gain insight into the current state of their building ecosystem. For self-assessment and verified assessment and rating, the SPIRE Smart Building program provides an assessment of connected technologies within buildings, providing information, benchmarks and roadmaps to help the owner or operator building to reduce costs, mitigate risk and create brand differentiation. and increase the overall value of the asset. SPIRE also provides a structured way to assess design results and the adoption of smart building technologies.
“The bottom line is that a smart building improves property value and, at its core, is designed in full connectivity,” said David Stein, CEO of TIA. “By assessing, validating, and evaluating key building elements that take into consideration the entirety of a smart building, SPIRE can simultaneously help improve asset performance, return on investment, and tenant relationships.”
SPIRE was originally part of an overall initiative between TIA and UL to share business, technical and standards information to continue their work in the smart building ecosystem. The SPIRE Smart Building Program incorporates evaluation criteria from the TIA Smart Buildings Program Industry Working Group of more than 60 leaders in commercial real estate, real estate investment trusts, asset management, technology and telecommunications.
“Producing smart results as part of a building’s digital transformation strategy requires an industry-defined holistic assessment to measure and understand the capabilities and progress of the entire building over time,” said Mia Raths, property manager at DC-based MRP Realty. “It was a pleasure to work with the TIA Smart Buildings Program Industry Working Group and meet with key industry leaders who developed the SPIRE assessment criteria. the most holistic and comprehensive on the market, SPIRE helps identify new areas in which to invest to increase both the capabilities of smart buildings and, more importantly, the overall value of their properties.”
UL’s Verified SPIRE smart building rating comes at a time when companies are assessing the needs of smart buildings for a return to work in light of COVID-19. Traditionally, smart buildings have focused on the impact they have on the environment and the economy. According to the World Green Building Council, buildings account for 36% of global energy consumption and are responsible for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing energy consumption and automating temperature monitoring and lighting remain important. However, the pandemic has brought new priorities to building operators looking for smart building systems to facilitate virus tracking and tracing among workers, physical distancing, contactless entry, temperature reading, ventilation and air circulation and other efforts to ensure worker safety. SPIRE assessments provide insight into the performance of smart buildings and also help communicate a commitment to the health and well-being of its occupants.
“As employees return to the workplace, operators overseeing smart building assets are looking for guidance to better align the adoption of new smart building technologies, performance strategies and operational efficiencies,” said Sudhi Sinha, Vice President of Ecosystems and Services Development and SPIRE Smart Building Program Manager at UL. “The SPIRE Smart Building program does just that by providing insight into smart building technologies and outcomes while helping to make informed decisions about where to focus technology, building improvements and business optimizations.”
For more information on the SPIRE Smart Building program, visit UL.com/SPIRE.
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