Buildings of the Future

Enabled by novel applications of Steel

Buildings as simply passive shells where we live and work is no longer an option. Buildings of the future will need to generate, store and distribute their own energy, be an integral part of the IoT, allow the monitoring and active control of the built environment, allow flexibility of use over the buildings lifetime to reflect the changing needs of occupiers, not to mention be an integral part of the circular economy by having their components be easily reused/recycled at their end of life.

Thanks to its strength, durability and versatility, steel is an obvious choice for future buildings and collaboration at an early stage of development is likely to deliver enhanced benefits and services to building owners and occupiers.

With the Carbon Catalysts Group estimating a reduction of 80m tonnes of CO2 emissions through the use of “buildings as power stations”, and with the smart building market set to grow from $5.37bn to $24.73bn over the next 4 years, Tata Steel is looking to collaborate in projects that will enable novel applications of steel in Smart Buildings of the Future.


Challenges & Opportunities

  • What type of data will smart buildings need to gather across their lifetime (and the lifetime of their occupiers)
  • How can we go beyond simply applying sensors on to steel structures towards embedding monitoring and communication systems into future buildings? How do make steel products an integral part of that IoT integration?
  • What role could steel play in the generation, storage and distribution of energy?
  • How can we make buildings more flexible and modular to meet future needs of an ageing population and to allow for repurposing individual or a group of buildings?


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