All About ActiveScore

All About Active Score

By Madison Perry; Graphics By Teja Crawford

ActiveScore is a rating system that focuses on Scope 3 emissions by measuring and assessing the active travel infrastructure and amenities provided by a building.  Although this rating system is quite new to the US, it has been around in Europe for the past five years. While the rating system can be applied to both new construction and existing buildings all around the world, the requirements are specific to the location of the project.

The topic of active travel is evolving rapidly, therefore this certification has the option to be renewed every two years. Building owners are thereby encouraged to continue to improve their active travel infrastructure and amenities. ActiveScore is much more than bike racks and showers. The intention is to create a purposeful space that occupants enjoy using and promotes the use of active travel.

ActiveScore can be pursued on top of other green building rating systems such as LEED, WELL, Fitwel, etc., or by itself. This is a lower-cost rating system that has the ability to improve a building’s quality as well as the occupants’ experience.

The ActiveScore rating system will help quantify active travel infrastructure provided by a building and highlight the effects of active travel with a clean air calculator. Emissions from bicycling can be more than 30 times lower for each trip than driving a fossil-fuel car, and even 10 times lower than driving an electric vehicle.

Nearly half of Verdical Group’s project management team holds an ActiveScore Advanced Professional (AP) Accreditation, and we would like to be a part of certifying the first ActiveScore project on the US west coast. Thinking about ActiveScore Certification? Please contact us to see how we can help!