UL and the Telecommunications Industry Association Announce SPIRE™ Smart Building Verifications Now Available
The SPIRE verified assessment provides a comprehensive building assessment and rating to help owners, operators, asset managers and developers make better-informed investment decisions, improve tenant satisfaction and increase asset value.
NORTHBROOK, Ill. and ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — UL, the global safety science leader, and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the trusted industry association for the connected world, today launched the SPIRE™ Smart Building Verified Assessment. SPIRE is a comprehensive evaluation for smart buildings that provides an overall UL Verified SPIRE Smart Building Rating, as well as a road map for recommended performance improvements.
To receive a UL’s Verified SPIRE Smart Building Rating, UL experts conduct an in-depth, on-site audit assessment of technologies and processes and follow-up with virtual meetings. The process focuses on six key, industry-driven building criteria categories that define the full scope of smart building performance. These include power and energy, health and well-being, life and property safety, connectivity, cybersecurity and sustainability. After a successful assessment, a building receives a UL Verified SPIRE Smart Building Rating and a plaque that displays the overall building performance score, based on the building’s performance across the six criteria categories of the SPIRE smart building assessment framework.
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 in a partnership between the TIA and UL. The SPIRE Smart Building Verified Assessment complements the existing SPIRE Self-Assessment, which empowers users to input building data in a secure browser-based application to gain insights into the current state of their building ecosystem. For both the Self-Assessment and the Verified Assessment and Rating, the SPIRE Smart Building Program provides an assessment of connected technologies within buildings, delivering insights, benchmarks and road maps to help the building owner or operator lower costs, mitigate risks, create brand differentiation and enhance overall asset value. SPIRE also provides a structured means to assess the design outcomes for and adoption of smart building technologies.
“The bottom line is that a smart building improves the value of the property and at its core is designed in comprehensive connectivity,” said David Stehlin, CEO of TIA. “By assessing, validating and rating key building elements that take into consideration the entirety of a smart building, SPIRE can simultaneously help improve asset performance, ROI and tenant relations.”