Adaptive buildings and resilient infrastructure form a smart built environment

 

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Smart built environment plays a significant role in increasing the sustainability and attractiveness of cities. By combining smart and energy-efficient solutions to buildings and resource-wisdom into urban planning, we can develop carbon-neutral living and working environments with well-functioning infrastructure and service network.

Smart built environments are ambitious co-creations with high gains for all the related parties. City decision-makers want to meet their zero-carbon goals, while maximizing the citizen satisfaction, making their city attractive for current and future generations. Construction companies are looking for ways to build comfortable and adaptive buildings as well as resilient infrastructure that makes the most of the city’s service network. Citizens expect safe living environments that support sustainable but individual lifestyles, providing easy access to services and a secure supply of utilities.

Promoting joint planning and co-creation

There is no one-fit solution to smart built environment; the planning, design and implementation of all construction and renovation is location-dependent. Therefore, the development of high-performance communities and buildings requires the involvement of city officials, public infrastructure planners, constructions companies, other private sector operators and service providers, as well as the citizens.

We can help accelerate the development, deployment and integration of advanced technologies and cost-efficient low-carbon solutions to buildings and infrastructure by bringing the relevant stakeholders together.

Enforcing smart urban planning

We believe that the cornerstones of sustainable development are integrated model-based design, life cycle thinking and holistic planning. By combining these elements with the best technologies available, we can help our clients to achieve maximum energy, resource and cost efficiency.

We offer a range of services from tailored research to planning and design support, and have developed reliable solutions for energy efficiency, information management, building information modelling (BIM) and simulation. With in-depth experience and insights from various research and implementation projects, we can help tailor best-fit solutions for your smart building, infrastructure and energy system developments.

Ensuring high-quality indoor environment

The quality of the indoor environment is essential for comfort and productivity. We can help optimize solutions that increase thermal satisfaction, and even develop individual thermal environments for all kinds of buildings including offices, day-care centres, schools, and housing for the elderly. We can also help develop innovative applications, service concepts and interfaces, for example for energy monitoring and facility management.

Increasing conformity of the built environment with BIM

Building information modelling helps streamline life cycle information management and working processes for individual buildings, built assets and infrastructure. We can help integrate economic, environmental and energy-efficiency aspects into the model and build a strategic roadmap for implementation. We can help you adopt operational BIM-guidelines, collaborative processes and new ways of working that enable your organization to function more efficiently.  

Using data to increase comfort and efficiency


Smart buildings and building-related systems produce a vast amount of data, which can be used to increase comfort, energy efficiency and self-sufficiency, as well as support building-related decision-making.

We have developed data-based building management and control system tools that help optimize energy consumption without compromising comfort or performance. Our online building simulator can connect several buildings and applications to forecast, analyze and compare district energy consumption and building-level consumption. We can also help you adopt IoT solutions for fault detection, monitoring and emergency management systems.

Assessing the sustainability of buildings and urban planning

We help carry out sustainability assessments that cover the whole life cycle of construction projects and account all the aspect from raw material extraction to building material production. For this, we can employ environmental burden and peer reviews, environmental classification systems, sustainability indicators, as well as ISO 14040 -based life cycle assessment methods.

We have developed a set of sustainability assessment tools, such as a carbon footprint calculator ILMARI and E-PASS for cost and energy efficiency. We can customize these web-based services for specific needs. We also have tools for environmental assessments of building products and structures, systematic management of project requirements as well as for service-life assessment and management of structures.
 

Infrastructure life-cycle management   

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​​​Infrastructure solutions

We have extensive expertise in research, development and implementation of material sciences and infrastructure performance, which helps us find innovative material solutions for you. Using multi-scale monitoring and modelling technologies delivers reliable information to function as the basis of planning and infrastructure life cycle management.

 

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​Reliable partner in increasing smartness in built environment

We have participated in a number of smart city research programmes and development projects with construction companies, cities and energy utilities. This has provided us with valuable insights for the development of zero-energy buildings and sustainable districts, which we are more than happy to put into practice with you.

Turn to us when you need a reliable partner for the development of smart built environments. 

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