The world’s first comprehensive smart building assessment and rating program
Introducing SPIRE™, an objective and holistic solution developed by industry experts that empowers you to identify, prioritize and promote smart building performance.
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A single source to measure all smart building technologies
Built by TIA and UL, SPIRE is the industry’s first smart building program that holistically measures building technology and performance. Available now, the SPIRE Self-Assessment online tool can evaluate building intelligence based on an expertly curated, objective framework. And coming soon, the SPIRE Verified Assessment and Rating offers a complete smart building evaluation with the opportunity to earn a Smart Building Verified Mark.
How it Works
Until now, measuring smart building performance and value has been a fragmented experience. SPIRE is a comprehensive solution to gain holistic insights during any stage of your business objectives.
Get the details
See below on why a self-assessment is right for you, plus watch how others have taken advantage of our program.
Gain access to the Self-Assessment tool
The online SPIRE Self-Assessment provides high-level ratings and reporting across key performance criteria at a low cost.
Go further with a Verified Assessment and Rating
Coming soon, fully evaluate building performance for an opportunity to earn a Verified Mark that promotes your commitment to smart building technologies.
SPIRE assesses smart buildings holistically
We use six key building elements that define the full scope of smart building performance. By assessing, validating and rating within this industry-first holistic framework, you can optimize asset performance, ROI and tenant relations – all at once.
Power and Energy
Health and Wellbeing
Life and Property Safety
Energy demand charges and purchases remain one of the largest components of a building’s operating budget. We evaluate criteria in:
• Energy use management and analysis
• Demand response
• Grid interoperability
• Distributed energy resources
With emerging digital health and well-being tools and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, smart buildings must exceed expectations for health and well-being. We evaluate criteria in:
• Indoor air quality
• Thermal management
• Visual human comfort
• Light and noise control
• Potable water quality
• Odor management
Optimizing the safety of building occupants is the top priority for owners and operators. From fire safety to emergency response, building liability starts with preparation. We evaluate criteria in:
• Building emergency plans
• Integrated system performance
• Situational awareness
• Emergency communications
Often dubbed the fourth utility, connectivity has become the most essential utility of a smart building. We evaluate criteria in:
Cyberattacks and back-door mechanisms threaten to disrupt critical smart building infrastructure. We measure and provide best practices through:
A smart building is a sustainable building. We assess performance based on a wide array of existing frameworks and certification programs:
• Green Globes
• Living Building Challenge
• WELL Building Standard
• International Green Construction Code and CALGreen
Informed by a working group of leading organizations
The SPIRE Smart Building Program powered by TIA and UL is the result of immense collaboration through a working group that is composed of 60+ leading and iconic brands across the industry. Together, we defined a new gold-standard assessment criteria aimed at improving smart building performance and occupant experience.
See a snapshot of your smart building performance
Our online SPIRE Self-Assessment tool is a quick, easy and cost-efficient way to gain valuable building performance insights. By working together with subject matter experts in your organization to input your building’s data, the automated experience is a guide to assessing building functionality. This can provide a roadmap for future improvements to help increase asset values.
Measure performance against meaningful metrics
The easy-to-read dashboard organizes all assets in a central location and visually displays preliminary scoring across six essential smart building categories. Intuitive filters allow you to focus on detailed views and share select data to appropriate stakeholders.
Discover a competitive edge
In addition to the online Self-Assessment, the SPIRE Smart Building Verified Assessment and Rating will soon be offering full on-site and virtual evaluations of building performance. A comprehensive review of your processes and technologies can provide the opportunity to receive a verified rating that can be used to promote the confirmed performance and benefits of your smart building.
Enhance the value of your assets
Our comprehensive framework and assessment criteria set the benchmark for performance. This allows you to gain valuable insights and empower informed decisions to improve or optimize the value of your building assets. We can also help guide roadmap creation to maximize property investment.
Optimize the wellness of indoor environments
The health and well-being of occupants is directly impacted by indoor air quality, air filtration, lighting, water quality and more. Use assessment data to help improve occupant wellness.
Assess your smart technology capabilities
We help you evaluate and verify the interoperability, connectivity and cybersecurity among integrated building systems.
A single, comprehensive solution for the building industry.
- Optimize building management
- Lower operating costs
- Increase asset values
- Attract and retain employees
Portfolio managers and real estate investment trusts (REITs)
- Enhance investment decisions
- Maximize ROI
- Improve brand reputation
Real estate developers
- Strengthen tenant relations
- Improve brand reputation
- Gain expert insight
Your building impacts your business
No matter the industry, the investment into smart technologies for buildings and facilities can offer both short and long-term benefits.
Smart tech is helping commercial real estate oversee operations more effectively. It now reaches every part of the industry, from investing and purchasing, to property management and tenant relations.
Smart building technologies for governmental, municipal and even educational institutions can enhance the user experience, increase productivity, reduce costs and mitigate physical and cybersecurity risks.
Smart buildings are pivotal in automation. Effective management of the sensors and connected devices working across multiple systems and processes can enhance productivity and reduce downtime.
Retail and Hospitality
Automated systems can work together to help track supply shipments, manage inventory, speed up customer transactions and even identify areas on the sales floor that guide customer movement.
One of the largest segments in smart technologies, medical facilities can better track assets and supplies, improve patient flows and experiences, transfer more data, lower energy costs and create “self-aware” rooms.
From stadiums to museums to theaters, smart technologies can improve overall operations, lower costs, enhance attendee experiences, lower concession costs, increase security, optimize ticketing and parking.
Start with an online self-assessment to see how your current smart building performance ranks against our independent criteria.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SPIRE Smart Building Program?
Developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association and UL, the SPIRE Smart Building Program is the world’s first independent and comprehensive assessment and rating program for smart buildings.
What are elements of the SPIRE Smart Building Program?
The program consists of two key components: an online Self-Assessment and a Verified Rating.
What is the cost of the SPIRE Self-Assessment?
The SPIRE Self-Assessment tool’s pricing begins at $1,499 per building or interior space with special discount pricing available for assessments of multi-building portfolios.
After I complete the SPIRE Self-Assessment, what do I get?
SPIRE Self-Assessment results provide valuable insights on how a building compares to our expert smart building criteria and framework. This information can be helpful in making investment decisions and show where to focus smart building technology efforts.
How much effort will the SPIRE Self-Assessment require of my organization?
The Self-Assessment does require input from various department heads and functional members of your team. By working together with subject matter experts in your organization to input your building’s data, the automated experience is a guide to assessing overall functionality and provides a roadmap for future improvements.
What is the difference between the SPIRE Self-Assessment and the SPIRE Verified Assessment and Rating?
The SPIRE Self-Assessment is the first step for evaluating a building or space. It allows users to input data online and receive an initial snapshot to gain insights into the current state of their smart building ecosystem. The SPIRE Verified Rating entails an in-depth audit and evaluation by UL engineers, either on-site or virtual engagements. After evaluations are complete and depending on the results, a UL Verified Mark for smart buildings can be designated and promoted with a program plaque.
How can SPIRE help in the current economic environment?
The SPIRE Smart Building Program comes at a time when businesses are grappling with the unparalleled reach of the current economic downturn on building assets. A better understanding of operational efficiency, overall costs and risk mitigation of their building portfolios in light of the pandemic has become a top priority. SPIRE delivers guidance to aid in better aligning performance strategies, planning tactics and operational efficiencies.