If you want to lease office space with a small environmental footprint, you might consider a LEED-certified building. But if you’re a startup looking for good Internet service or a growing company that needs space to install telecommunications equipment, there hasn’t been a similar seal of approval.
WiredScore is trying to change that.
Broadband Proliferation Partners LLC, which does business under the name WiredScore and was picked by New York City two years ago to create an Internet rating system for commercial buildings there, has expanded its rankings to Greater Boston and other cities. A building’s owners complete an online survey and get feedback on how they can improve. If their answers indicate they meet a certain benchmark, WiredScore will dispatch engineers to survey the building and certify the results.
A spokeswoman said 63 buildings have been evaluated in Boston. Twelve buildings have been listed as Wired Certified Silver, Gold, or Platinum, according to a map on the company’s website, and scores of others have submitted information but not been vetted yet. Participating landlords in Boston include Beacon Capital Partners, Jamestown Properties, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, according to the spokeswoman.
Two Boston buildings have been certified as Wired Platinum — 21 Drydock Ave. in the Seaport, where the MassChallenge startup accelerator is based, and 230 Congress St. downtown.
The company looks at things like how many Internet service providers are available for tenants, how easily a new one could be added, how well cables are organized in ceiling conduits, whether backup connections are available, and other technical factors, according to its website.