Smart Cities Council calls for national approach to low emissions construction

Smart Cities Council Australian New Zealand (SCCANZ) has released a policy document that recommends ways of accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions.

The document titled “Digital Built Australia: A Policy for Smart Infrastructure Delivery in Australia”, is the first of a series that will feed into SCCANZ’s national policy framework in September.

The policy document proposes using tools such as Building Information Modelling and the Internet of Things as a platform for real-time optimisation and the predictive analytics of infrastructure asset performance.

The document noted that buildings account for 46% of Australia's carbon budget to 2050, and that the construction industry wastes up to 30% of its efforts through inefficiencies.

Adam Beck, Executive Director for SCCANZ said the coming year is critical for setting a long-term national smart cities policy framework for the nation which extends beyond the current term of federal politics.

“We strongly believe that using intelligent building information models, internet of things technology and open, shared and secure data can transform our built environment,” Beck said.

The policy primer, developed with input from PCSG, a SCCANZ Associate Partner, presents key recommendations to help advance reductions in whole-of-life costs, reduction in carbon emissions and enhancements in productivity and capacity.

Bronwyn Voyce, Chair of SCCANZ’s Policy and Leadership Task Force highlighted that “the coming year will be one that determines whether Australia becomes a global smart cities leader, or follower, and having a supporting national policy framework will be a key determinant.”

“We have the capability in Australia to become a net producer and exporter of smart cities products, services and talent, and this is the context in which our policy work will advance in the coming year.”

Among the advocacy activities for the year, SCCANZ will again host then second national Smart Cities Policy Think Tank in September 2018.

The Policy Primer on Digital Built Australia is available here.

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