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The Role of Energy in Buildings in Smart Cities
Ala Hasan

Last modified: 2016-01-04


VTT, The Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, is a multidisciplinary application-oriented research organization. VTT carries out researches and innovations that support the development of smart cities in many different ways. VTT works from the early stages of a concept and ecosystem development to the practical implementations of the outcomes. Our research and innovation activities cover all the core technology areas relevant to the concept of smart city and its development. Our key related technologies and application domains are: ICT, Energy, Transport and the Built Environment. VTT has three interactive research programmes that focus on the smart cities area: Ingrid (Intelligent Energy Grids and Smart Districts), TransSmart (Smart Mobility Integrated with Low Carbon Energy) and pro-IoT (Productivity Leap with Internet of Things).

The focus of this paper is the role of energy in buildings in the smart city. This is done through presenting some aspects of selected cases from recent research projects carried out by VTT on different national, EU and International levels. These projects fall under a general topic of smart city concepts of intelligent buildings/urban spaces and distributed energy systems, including sub-topics of energy positive neighbourhoods, renewable energy technologies, energy and ICT business concepts, ICT for energy monitoring and management for buildings and districts, and building maintenance.

The paper indicates the importance of energy efficiency, renewable technologies, and energy management of buildings/districts, including ICT utilization and business initiatives, in achieving a sustainable smart city.

keywords: smart city, energy in buildings/districts, ICT, business concepts