CO2 Emmissions

Smart Cities

A Critical Moment of Opportunity Demands an Open Smart Buildings Market

August 30th, 2021
Smart Cities

Policy Not Technology Stands in the Way of Greener Buildings

March 31st, 2021
Smart Buildings

Developing a ‘Stand-By Mode’ for Buildings in the COVID-Era

As COVID-19 cases rose and lockdown measures came into effect around the world, commercial building occupancy dropped dramatically, from 100% to almost zero in the space of a week in many places. Many might expect near-zero occupancy to mean near-zero energy consumption, but new data reveals that this is not the case. In fact, many […]

Smart Cities

Leaping from the COVID Frying Pan into the Climate Fire

Months of inactive offices, shopping malls, and sports centers. Minimal commuters, business travelers, and holidaymakers. Little to no in-person conferences, concerts, or socializing. The COVID-19 crisis has brought our society to a standstill more than any other point in the last 70-years, and while human society may be having a tough time, our environment is […]

Smart Buildings

Dumb Buildings Are Stranded Assets In The New Climate Economy

If we don’t address climate change and keep anthropogenic warming under the 2°C threshold set out by the Paris Climate Accord, then we will face the wrath of nature through rapidly rising sea levels, increased drought and wildfires, and other trends that will make life on earth more difficult — this is the physical risk […]

Smart Cities

The Biggest Urban Challenges are being Ignored in the Smart City Agenda

In an article published on October 4th, we discussed how the technological evolution of buildings is creating a complex landscape of lifecycles across the system and structural elements in smart facilities. The article, based on our latest report, argues that in order to future proof a smart building we must find a system of design […]

Smart Cities

Building Energy Flexibility into Our Smart Power Systems

It is the same old problem. The large-scale distribution of renewable energy generation is required to mitigate the impacts of fuel poverty and climate change but these intermittent power sources push the grid to its limits or beyond them. The solution is the same too. We must develop a more flexible power system to account […]

Smart Buildings

Shell Announces Smart Building Partnerships with Sparkfund & GridPoint

“The Paris Agreement has sent a signal around the world. A new energy system is emerging. It will unfold over decades, moving at different paces in different places. The transition offers challenges, opportunities and tough choices for governments, businesses and customers,” states the Shell Energy Transition Report. Royal Dutch Shell, the British-Dutch oil and gas […]

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