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WiredScore publishes real estate guidelines to help Canadian office developers implement digital connectivity and intelligent building design

High-Tech Buildings, Canada | WiredScore on July 16, 2018
The Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments - Canada provides localized standards for designing buildings to meet current and future technology demands of tenants.

WiredScore, the company behind the international standard for rating Internet connectivity in commercial buildings, officially released the Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments - Canada today. The comprehensive set of guidelines for designing buildings to meet the best-in-class standards for connectivity and telecommunications infrastructure, has been localized to address the nuances of the Canadian telecommunications landscape.

This release comes after WiredScore announced a national expansion of operations across Canada in May. Wired Certification Guidelines are designed to be utilized by architects, engineers, and developers during the design and construction phases of any commercial development or redevelopment.

“WiredScore’s engineers have developed these guidelines as a free resource that will bring technology to the forefront of the design process,” said Arie Barendrecht, CEO and Founder of WiredScore. “Technology has never been more important to office tenants than it is today and by providing invaluable insights into how to optimally design for reliable connectivity, mobile enhancement planning, electrical resiliency, and flexibility to adopt new building technologies, we are helping Canadian developers design future-proofed office assets.”

WiredScore developed the guidelines based on an evaluation of over 1,500 commercial office buildings across North America and Europe and with input from the WiredScore Connectivity Advisory Committee and a diverse group of Thought Partners in the CRE, technology, and telecommunications industries. Wired Certification Guidelines for Developments and Redevelopments are being used to future-proof and evaluate office projects for their digital connectivity infrastructure in the country’s three largest office markets. Notable projects including Maison Manuvie (Ivanhoé Cambridge and Manulife)and 700 Saint-Jacques Street (Broccolini) in Montreal, 1 York Street (Menkes Development) and 65 King East (Carterra) in Toronto, and Vancouver Centre II (GWL Realty Advisors) in Vancouver have achieved or are in the process of pursuing Wired Certification.

Thought partners that contributed to the Wired Certification Guidelines for Developments and Redevelopments include the following organizations: Intersection, Google Fiber, PCC Integrate, Smith + Andersen, Stantec, and WSP Canada.

“Smith + Andersen works with clients across Canada to support the design of best-in-class spaces, including the most exciting and innovative commercial spaces in the country. By recognizing telecommunication pathway and space designs that follow design best practices and industry standards, the Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments provide a framework to support the next phase of digital infrastructure,” said Langdon Baker, Principal at Smith + Andersen. “Wired Certification sets a benchmark for consistency across commercial developments – supporting the creation of truly connected spaces for tenants and aiding landlords and developers in showcasing their investments.”

The guidelines consist of eight sections that outline standards and best practices related to the underlying infrastructure and the connectivity of an office property. These sections include planning for Points of Entry, Telecom Rooms, Risers, In-building Mobile Coverage and Electrical Resiliency.

Tech Readiness is a section dedicated to ensuring that developments have the foundational infrastructure to adapt to evolving technologies such as 5G, IoT, and Intelligent Building innovations. One component of this section is the installation of a fibre backbone cable. A fibre backbone can be the foundation for intelligent building implementation by providing network connectivity to each floor and can enable the building to adapt to future technological advancements.

Fibre Backbones will also help buildings prepare for the roll-out of 5G technology. With 5G on the horizon poised to increase cellular speeds to 10Gbps and enable lower latency connections, buildings will need denser fibre networks to meet the increase in demand. Wired Certification Guidelines advise developers to plan for the upcoming change to the cellular industry.

The Wired Certification standard is trusted by tenants internationally to verify that buildings have been independently evaluated and certified to provide the internet infrastructure businesses require to thrive. Wired Certification signifies ownership has invested in technology and differentiates the property as being tech forward. The guidelines align with the criteria to achieve Wired Certification for Developments and Redevelopments across Canada.

The Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments - Canada are available for free download here.

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