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The World Gets Its First Rated Smart Building, And It’s Probably Not Where You Think

The EQ building in Bristol

An office building in a small city in England is the first in the world to be given a rating classifying just how smart it is. 

The 200K SF EQ office development in Bristol, in the south west of the UK, is the first building in the world to be given a SmartScore certification by WiredScore, the building rating and certification company. The building is managed by developer and investment manager CEG and achieved a SmartScore gold rating. 

WiredScore started out rating buildings according to their digital connectivity, and earlier this year launched the SmartScore certification for smart buildings. The company said 70 buildings in seven countries have applied for the certification.

SmartScore looks at how a building uses smart technology to improve different aspects of user experience like individual and collaborative productivity, health and wellbeing, communities and services, sustainability, maintenance and operations, and security.

It looks at what the building owner is trying to do to help the user and also the technology used to do this, looking at things like tenant digital connectivity, building systems, landlord network integration, cybersecurity and data sharing. 

Buro Happold advised CEG on its smart building strategy for EQ.