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Meet Smart Building Collective|Certification

The Smart Building Certification is not about the data alone but what we do with it that matters and the tangible improvements that are continuously made to the asset. Let us not reinvent the wheel; let us learn from each other collectively.

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to an exciting resource. As technology continues to rapidly advance, the world of smart buildings has become more prevalent than ever. In order to keep up with the ever-changing industry, it’s essential to have access to a diverse network of professionals who can provide support and expertise. The Smart Building Collective is a network of solution providers, research institutions, consultancy companies, builders, tenants, and users to form an expert community focused on the acceleration of Smart Buildings and their practices.

The institution behind the first-ever Smart Building Certification has implemented a dynamic process to score the existence and use of technology to measure how an asset functions. Functionality is based on building and real estate context, governance,  business models, and maturity of smart. In addition to these concepts, the SBC framework is built around 6 key modules.

Building Usage

How people use the building informs the decisions of what space, amenities, system automation, and adjustments are required to serve the users’ needs better. If the needs of the user can be more effectively met, improvement to performance and cost base can be more easily realized.


Building Performance

Visibility into a building’s performance from a system perspective but also amenities, and machine management, allows optimization of operations and elimination of unnecessary costs or waste. This theme looks towards the optimization of investment, improved efficiencies, consumption, and minimization of environmental impact.


Building Environment

The physical environment of the building has never been more important than it is now. Healthy environments and more importantly data proving that environments are healthy will increasingly be required by users, building owners, and even governments.


Health, Safety, and Security

Technology is the only way we know if buildings are compliant with health and safety standards and truly capable of keeping users safe. Safety is a basic human requirement that all other aspects are built upon.

User Behavior and Collaboration

Smart Buildings are intrinsically connected to their function and the people inside of them. This theme explores how the building empowers user behavior and collaboration, supporting the maximization of value and purpose of the space.


Integrative Design and Connectivity

How well are the solutions integrated with one another and the building? The least number of solutions for the maximum benefit. Elimination of department silos and seamless system integration.  Smart building and business continuity is dependent on internet connectivity levels within the building. This section explores integrative design and connectivity in detail.

What do we define as smart?

“Smart building is a constantly evolving practice of implementing, using and optimizing infrastructure to learn about and improve function, service, performance and utility of the built environment. A smart building refers to the application of data to drive autonomous controls or building automation (that brings the intelligence), through integrated design which connects systems and processes to deliver improved health, wellness, human performance, comfort, efficiency, safety and security.”

Born at the epicenter of where smart started, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, they have fostered a mission to take those experiences and learnings and help the industry evolve and become smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable through the use of technology.

The Smart Building Certification is now pushing towards becoming the first ever decentralized crowd-based certification in the world. This certification process involves a peer-reviewed assessment by three independent assessors, who evaluate a building’s unique smart approach, integrative design, governance, and human integration, informing a community-based benchmark set by the collective ecosystem. Buildings and solutions that are certified inform the SBC Framework and the continuously evolving benchmark.  Case studies cracking the code on smart, human performance, health, commitment to sustainability and innovation are present in the collective to share those groundbreaking ideas. In summary, it’s a truly novel approach to certification and community.

But another reason why we thought it would be interesting to introduce you to SBC is that they provide guidance and recommendation reports based on the assessments they do. The collective is set up to offer matchmaking possibilities with service providers, giving access to a network of professionals who can help achieve whatever goals the building or solutions may have. They believe that certification is merely the first step in a journey of transformation. The goal, in the end, is to pull more out of your building and assets. In the current climate of real estate, we thought that was something you might be interested in.

Smart Building Collective was founded in science and scientific research is at its core goal and focus. And if you’re looking to promote your own products or services, it may be an interesting space to profile them as well.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Smart Building Collective, we invite you to join them at As a follower of Automated Buildings, we have discussed with Smart Building Collective and have secured a discount on initial fees with them, just mention #automatedbuildings in your discussions. We are excited to follow your progress with them, and we are around to contribute.

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Nicholas White - MBA

Nicholas White – MBA

Improving productivity, performance, sustainability, and happiness @work through scientific research and quantified decision making – measure what matters