The Smart Building certification (SBC) said it awarded its first platinum certification to Edge Olympic Amsterdam.
The building has been called the smartest building in the world since its launch in 2018, surpassing its predecessor The Edge (also built by Edge, formally OVG Real Estate).
The building features technology for building utilization, operations, environment, and sustainability with many touch points for its building’s occupants. Edge scored high in all areas including additional safety measures taken since the COVID outbreak. The platinum certification also puts Edge in the running to officially be named the smartest building in the world.
“After developing The Edge in 2014 we set out to further optimize the technology used to create a foundation for a next generation of sustainable and healthy buildings. EDGE Olympic is the first model of this new generation and we are pleased to receive the first Platinum Certification for this office. It proves that our industry is taking the role of buildings in our lives more and more serious,” said Coen van Oostrom, CEO at dge.
The Edge Olympic also has a “digital twin,” a copy of the entire building and its use in digital form. A collaboration with Microsoft has enabled a digital twin integration into the certification platform.
‘Certifying a smart building creates an essential baseline against which you can measure the benefits of your investment in ‘smart buildings’ technology. Furthermore, by working together with technology companies, construction companies, building developers, owners and tenants can better appreciate the ‘art of the possible’, identifying appropriate solutions and influencing the application of new digital technologies to ‘own’ the future of their industry,” said David, Williams, smart places Industry lead at Microsoft.
The Smart Building Certification noted that following in the footsteps of the first green mortgage many financial institutions recognize the need for adjusted valuations of buildings as well as different/better financial terms. ‘We see the value in smart buildings and have been working for some time to incorporate smart in our process. Solutions like SBC can help enable increased valuations by quantifying the added value of the building,” said Hein Wegdam, director of sustainable and innovative real estate products at ING.
Smart Building Certification was founded in February 2020 as an initiative to establish an independent platform that appraises buildings all around the globe.
Some of the SBC’s partners include Microsoft, Capgemini, JLL, Colliers, Siemens and CBRE.
SBC certifies each smart building project (infrastructure and process) with three independent certified assessors in a peer review model. These assessors guide building owners and managers through certification as well as support improvements.