Urbanisation is one of the global megatrends. It has been estimated that by 2020 more than half of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. This means, among other things, that services, such as schools, hospitals and even transportation, can be provided more efficiently for a larger number of people. This saves energy. In densely populated areas we can also create smarter ways to heat our homes.
In Stockholm, Sweden, a new living district is developing – Royal Seaport. It will be one of world’s most sustainable urban areas. The City of Stockholm has decided that Royal Seaport will be the centre for environmental engineering development, from how to construct buildings in a more sustainable way to smart solutions in communication and energy usage.
Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Seaport urban development area is set to become the site of a unique research project, with 150 new apartments as the testing bench. Globally leading companies have joined forces to equip these homes with state-of-the-art energy technologies and connected appliances, enabling residents to monitor and control their energy usage in real time. The object of this collaborative effort is to develop and demonstrate smarter ways of managing energy and help residents use energy more efficiently. The smart energy housing project in Stockholm is backed by a cross-industry consortium where the key contributors are Fortum, ABB, Ericsson, Electrolux and the Swedish Energy Agency. The homes are built by NCC, Erik Wallin and HEBA.