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Wednesday, 29 July 2020 12:46

WiredScore announces first global WiredScore Smart Council with leading landlords including AXA, Hines & Nuveen

By William Newton, President and MD, WiredScore
William Newton President and MD, WiredScore William Newton President and MD, WiredScore

International real estate leaders convene to address the future of smart buildings

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by WiredScore: WiredScore, 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, the first dedicated smart building council in the world.

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.

By partnering with forward-thinking global landlords and developers, WiredScore will develop a certification, by exploring 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 at 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.

This is why we’ve formed the WiredScore Smart Council, a collective of innovative landlords and businesses who are in a unique position to provide guidance and expertise on what they think constitutes a smart building. We know the future is smart, and we’re excited to be working with such future facing organisations to form the global definition of smart and support us in the development of our new certification.”

WiredScore launched in Australia in 2019, and now has over 1 million sqm committed to WiredScore certification with landlords such as Lendlease, Charter Hall and AXA Investment Managers. WiredScore is now present in nine countries, with a total of 55 million sqm committed to certification globally.

Comment from Council Members

Sandra Gritti, Product Excellence Director at EDGE: 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, SVP & 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.”

*This contribution was provided by WiredScore. WiredScore is the organisation behind WiredScore certification, the internationally recognised digital connectivity rating system for real estate that helps landlords design and promote buildings with powerful digital connectivity.

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