What’s the Deal with Smart Buildings Certification?

When it comes to certifying a building space, there are many options to choose from. While sustainability certifications (LEED, Green Globes, Fitwel, WELL, Zero Carbon, etc.) are what many are most familiar with, there are a number of organizations now offering verification in digital infrastructure, such as WiredScore and BOMA Best Smart Buildings, to building owners to help them validate the technological proficiency of their buildings.

A recent study found that the number of smart buildings globally will increase from 45 million in 2022 to 115 million in 2026. Building owners, tenants and occupants are increasingly demanding buildings that integrate leading-edge technologies to deliver smarter and more efficient operations and better amenities and conveniences.

While certification is not mandatory, some owners choose to pursue them for a range of reasons, including:

  • Differentiating their property in a competitive market
  • Enhancing occupant wellness and their user experience
  • Guiding the digital transformation of their asset
  • Realizing a higher premium on rental rates or asset sale price

While there are an increasing number of options for connected and smart buildings certification, the two that are most widely known are WiredScore and SmartScore. WiredScore certification focuses on understanding, evaluating, benchmarking and improving the digital connectivity, physical elements of the building, and its infrastructure. SmartScore certification, on the other hand, focuses on understanding, evaluating, benchmarking and improving the capabilities of smart buildings technology to deliver better outcomes and experiences to the building’s occupants.

Whether certification is the desired outcome or integrating selected technologies, our team, many of whom are WiredScore and SmartScore accredited, help translate complex digital technologies, telecom infrastructure and engineering solutions into clear options for our clients to understand, improve and communicate the occupant experience and technological foundations of their buildings.

Our services that directly support our clients in delivering smart buildings include strategy development, use case definition, network, security and A/V designs, integration design, digital twin development, and commissioning.

For more information, contact:

Megan Angus


Megan Angus – megan.angus@hhangus.com


Andy Crosson
 – andy.crosson@hhangus.com