Smart Buildings

A holistic approach to assessing smart buildings

The commercial smart building market expected to grow to $70 billion by 2023 according to reports from CABA, Navigant Research and Markets and Markets. But how are building owners developing their investment strategies without a common, industry-accepted methodology to measuring building intelligence?

To drive wider adoption of smart buildings, the industry needs a comprehensive, reliable, and measurable framework of assessment criteria for smart buildings. TIA’s Smart Building Program features an industry-led working group that established this holistic assessment criteria. The goal is to help building owners understand the current operational intelligence levels of their property and provide guidance and a roadmap for the journey to smart, while ensuring the ROI in future technology deployments.

$70 BILLION BY 2023

The commercial Smart Building market is expected to grow to $70 billion by 2023 according to reports from CABA, Navigant Research and Markets and Markets.


The definition of a smart building has evolved over time, but only when all building systems are fully integrated and sharing data, so they be managed through a single pane of glass with minimal human intervention, can a building truly be considered smart by today’s expectations.

SPIRE Smart Building Assessment and Rating with TIA-Developed Assessment Criteria 

Developed with the combined working experience of TIA members and UL, the SPIRE smart building assessment and rating program is designed to help evaluate the performance and technologies of smart buildings. It’s based on TIA's transparent, industry-driven framework that’s aimed at improving smart building performance and occupant experience.


The TIA Smart Building Working Group

TIA facilitates an industry work group for smart buildings which is tasked with developing and maintaining the assessment criteria for the SPIRE Smart Building Assessment and Rating Program. With stakeholders from all aspects of the smart building ecosystem, we ensure objective, holistic and technology neutral criteria for the industry to leverage in verifying the performance of smart buildings.

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From design and procurement to deployment and data management, this white paper helps commercial real estate building managers and operators determine a best fit strategy to develop and manage smarter buildings with a centralized Building Operating System.

Building Cybersecurity

Smart Building Cybersecurity

This white paper describes proven processes and best practices for multiple stakeholders for a smart building to come together during the early design phase to achieve a common vision and parameters for improving cybersecurity and reducing overall risk.

Building Connectivity

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Connectivity is the most essential 'utility' of a smart building. Future-ready network infrastructure is foundational for smart building owners and managers to capitalize on optimized operations, maintenance, security, and occupant experience that improve overall asset value.

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Get a closer look at SPIRE, the industry's first holistic smart buildings assessment and rating program. This 2-part webinar series will educate viewers on the six categories of assessment criteria and measurements. Part 1 will dive into Connectivity, Cybersecurity, and Life & Property Safety.

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Watch part 2 of our Assessing Smart Buildings with SPIRE webinar as industry experts discuss TIA's assessment criteria categories and measuring performance for Building Sustainability, Power & Energy, and Health & Wellbeing.

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Sponsored content

The following content has been provided by the sponsors of TIA's Smart Buildings Program and in no way constitutes as a TIA endorsement of any product, solution, or company.

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In early 2020, COVID-19 shut down entire countries and drove an unprecedented surge in demand for bandwidth. [...]demand reached extraordinary highs. In the first quarter of 2020, internet use in the U.S. and Canada grew between 40% and 50%.

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See how a Fiber-to-the-Room deployment at a Courtyard by Marriott property is benefiting hotel guests while helping to simplify the network for hotel staff as well.

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When Corning Optical Communications was looking to build a state-of-the-art headquarters building, a future-ready network was at the heart of its construction.

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Enterprise adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) is on the brink of achieving mainstream status as evidenced by the steady rise in deployments. Elements fueling this growth include increased demand for affordable networks, greater adoption among key verticals, and the need for specific solutions like asset tracking, which is becoming a top priority for enterprises.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to drive innovation to meet existing and emerging building standards. See how MachineQ, a Comcast Company leverages wireless IoT technologies to improve building performance.

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Guest Moderator Patrick McLaughlin, Editor of Smart Building Technology Magazine, joins industry expert panelists to discuss how building owners and managers are measuring and improving operational performance in these categories and how a comprehensive smart building assessment program like SPIRE can help guide investment strategies that align building operations with business outcomes.


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Get a closer look at SPIRE, the industry's first holistic smart buildings assessment and rating program. This 2-part webinar series will educate viewers on the six categories of assessment criteria and measurements. Part 1 will dive into Connectivity, Cybersecurity, and Life & Property Safety. Panelists will share how SPIRE criteria were developed and how the program measures performance and provides building owners and managers with the information they need to drive more effective technology investment strategies.



Now, more than ever, stadiums are turning to smart solutions for everything from efficient and cost-effective resource management, to dazzling fan engagements to exceed fan expectations. During this webinar, panelists from Delta Partners, Aecom, Comcast, and MachineQ discuss trends within the Smart Stadium space and how IoT can help enhance stadium operations and security, deepen loyalty, and add value to the brand. They also share an outlook on future smart building applications, such as intelligently monitoring air quality and water and solar production monitoring.



White Paper

TIA and the LoRa Alliance teamed up to work with their respective members to gain insight into how the industry and companies are achieving smart building sustainability goals in a complex, challenging marketplace that is undergoing increasing and evolving environmental concerns, regulations, and expectations. Based on detailed research, recent statistics, and interviews with leading TIA and LoRa Alliance member companies, this paper presents various expert viewpoints on enhancing smart building sustainability.


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This panel discussion explores how a holistic approach to making buildings smarter can both ensure optimal safety and help put workers and travelers at ease. Each of our industry experts provide perspectives on how a common assessment for smart buildings can help ensure that buildings are not only safe, but that the smart technology investment allows for building owners and operators to achieve their desired smart outcomes and increase the value of their asset.


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