Built Environment

Built Environment


The built environment is an essential piece of the smart city puzzle. Buildings are the biggest single source of carbon emissions, accounting for about 40% of the world’s carbon footprint, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Buildings are energy hogs too, eating up nearly half of all energy consumed in the United States. Any city serious about livability, workability and sustainability must raise the “intelligence quotient” of its built environment.

German city consolidates building management and cuts energy use

The city of Bremen, Germany wanted to unify more than 1,200 municipal properties under a single, open building management system (BMS) to optimize the efficiency of heating systems and reduce energy consumption. The challenge was that six control stations across the city were running a variety of proprietary building control systems.

One-Stop metering solution for Makkah Clock Tower Apartments

The Makkah Clock Tower, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the world’s largest clock tower and the second tallest building. It has 76 stories and is 577 meters high. It is a vast complex with hotels, shopping outlets, food courts and luxury apartments. The owners of the luxury apartments at the Clock Tower wanted the contractor to implement a solution so that each of their 5,000 tenants could be billed individually for their utility usage.

'Smart Code' helps West African city enhance livability

Libreville is the capital of Gabon, a rapidly developing country in west Africa. Recent growth – to almost 1 million people – has outpaced the city’s ability to accommodate change and has taken place largely without the benefit of comprehensive urban planning. As a result, Libreville suffers from unplanned land uses and incompatible development.

Envision Charlotte: Connecting people with information and insights

Building smarter, more sustainable cities requires the support of public, private and civic stakeholders. Envision Charlotte is charting a new course. By taking a holistic and integrated approach to engaging these disparate groups and demonstrating the benefits – both environmental and economic – of lasting change, the initiative has assembled a strong consortium of public and private interests with shared vision and momentum.

Future of housing? Utility turns to crowdsourcing to solicit ideas

What will homes of 2040 be like? What should they be like? Council member Enel, a forward-thinking Italian utility, turned to the wisdom of the masses to uncover truly transformational ideas that will result in the homes of the future today. Through its subsidiary Ampla in Brazil, it launched a crowdsourcing platform that will aid in the sharing and selection of ideas for building an efficient, smart and sustainable home.