Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) scheme puts FM in the spotlight

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

In light of the continuous ambition of the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of its economy, the EU is looking at better managing the energy use of buildings. The EU therefore looks at smart and digital technologies to measure and manage multiple aspects of buildings on the basis of a selected number of criteria including energy efficiency, comfort and health and well-being.

What is the Smart Readiness Indicator ?

Smart Readiness Indicator

The Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) has been put forward by the Commission with the aim of evaluating the technological readiness of buildings to interact with their occupants, to interact with connected energy grids and to operate more efficiently. The SRI has been developed as a tool to measure the digital readiness of a building. One can compare the SRI to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) measuring and indicating the energy performance of the given building. Through the SRI, the EU wants to raise awareness of the benefits of smarter building technologies and functionalities and make their added value more tangible for building users, owners, tenants, smart service providers and the building’s facility managers.

What does the Smart Readiness Indicator have in store for FM ?

The implementation of the smart readiness indicator scheme will make it possible for facility managers to evaluate the smart readiness of the building. It is useful to note at this stage that  the SRI will be a voluntary scheme across Member States, so it will not be mandatory for facility managers to produce such a scheme on their own. It depends on the Member State if they wish to implement the SRI on their territory. In addition Member States will be able to set up a formal testing phase at their own discretion as of January 2021.

What will IFMA do in Brussels ?

IFMA will continue to work with EU decision-makers and call for the continued involvement of facility managers in all phases of a building’s life: design, development, renovation and transition towards smart building. In addition, and if the smart readiness indicator test results prove satisfactory, IFMA will request the Commission to make the scheme mandatory across all Member States and emphasize the role of facility managers in the management of smart buildings.