Norwegian energy-positive building could be the future of smart cities


Powerhouse Brattørkaia, Norway’s largest energy-positive building, could be a first example of how smart cities can slow climate change. During its lifetime, the 18,200 sqm (195,903 sqf ) building will generate more energy in its operational phase than it consumes through the production of building materials, construction, operation and disposal of the building.

One of the smart city applications being demonstrated at the opening event last week was a partnership between Jaguar Land Rover and IOTA, a German foundation focused on research and development of new blockchain technologies. Jaguar is incorporating “smart wallet” technology that let the connected vehicle both earn money and make micropayments for services. For instance, the car’s sensors could spot and report potholes to an urban agency, which earns some money. It can be also used to automatically pay tolls. Powerhouse is the result of a collaboration between real estate company Entra, construction and development company Skanska, environmental organization ZERO, Snøhetta architects, and the consulting company Asplan Viak.

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