UL Solutions and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) have announced the launch of the SPIRE 2.0 Smart Building Program, enhancing assessment capabilities in cybersecurity, connectivity and sustainability. SPIRE is the world’s first comprehensive and objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings.

Created in a partnership between the two organizations in September 2020, the SPIRE program consists of an expertly curated, objective and holistic framework across six major criteria: power and energy, health and well-being, life and property safety, connectivity, cybersecurity and sustainability. This update to the program’s connectivity, cybersecurity and sustainability assessments helps address advanced connectivity technologies, increased cyber threat surfaces and heightened environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements.

“With SPIRE 2.0, we are enhancing SPIRE assessment capabilities in cybersecurity, connectivity and sustainability because of the significant changes that have occurred in these critical areas since the launch of the original program and because of the constructive feedback we have received from program participants,” said Sudhi Sinha, vice president of the Ecosystems and Service Development Group at UL Solutions. “The enhancements in SPIRE 2.0 will help improve smart building cybersecurity, technology and sustainability while also helping to enhance employee productivity and building asset value.”

“In the past, smart building programs have provided a fragmented approach when it comes to assessing value and performance, but with SPIRE and now SPIRE 2.0, building managers have the opportunity to leverage a comprehensive tool that offers holistic insights throughout the entire life cycle of the building, effectively aligning with their business objectives,” said Dave Stehlin, CEO, TIA. “We are delighted to grow our strong partnership with UL Solutions and continue to improve smart building performance for companies across the globe.”