Over the past five years, the Institute has reviewed dozens of ‘self-certified' designs and constructed environments for Tier compliance as outlined in the Institute's Tier Standard: Topology
. Very few of these designs and facilities meet the desired Tier criteria upon initial assessment. (In some cases, the objective was missed by two full Tiers.) The magnitude and frequency of such false rating claims, which result from self-assessment and misrepresentations, degrade the value to the industry of the Institute's Tiers, especially those designs and constructed environments awarded Institute Certification.
As a result, the Institute seeks a) to ensure that Tiers and Operational Sustainability remain a useful benchmarking system to the industry and b) to protect the value its customers receive from formal Institute assessments and Certification by taking appropriate action to protect the intellectual property inherent in its Tier Program materials from misappropriation and infringement.
The Institute is the sole provider of Tiers and Operational Sustainability consultation and Certification. Only the designs and facilities listed on the Institute's Web site
are Uptime Institute Tier Certified. All others proclaiming a specific Tier level are ‘self-certified' and should be viewed with extreme caution.
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. (The Institute prefers use of a url link or attached document to avoid confusion and ensure access to the correct materials.)
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). I understand that the aforementioned documentation is copyrighted by the Uptime Institute. I agree that only the Institute is allowed to use this content and criteria to perform Tier and Operational Sustainability assessments, reviews, and Certifications and that only the sites listed on the Institute's Web site can claim to be Tier or Operational Sustainability Certified. I understand that this acceptance does not entitle me to alter or quote from any documentation without explicit approval from the Institute.