Buildings Evolved participate in Public-Private Round Table at UN COP21 Mission Innovation 3 Conference in Malmo, Sweden.

Free morning in Malmo, the Smart Cities break-out session, why not? Smart Cities concept is an emerging sector, and the working group was eager to see how it relates to MI challenges, particularly the DCH. Heading down to the “studio” in Malmo, a funky co-working space, we engaged with European thought leaders, politicians and bureaucrats in a series of workshops to discuss the driving factors behind the adoption of Smart Cities – is it a solution in search of a problem? Or is it delivering real results to ratepayers and citizens?

In the lead-up to the event entitled “MI-3 Clean Energy Innovation – Public-Private cooperation on Clean Energy Innovation: Deals for Decarbonisation, we met with key stakeholders from the research and private sector and proposed that the DCH would:

  • Be a “stock exchange for building data”
  • Improve productivity across multiple metrics: energy, grid integration, tenant comfort, dynamic building tuning
  • Reduce electrical demand in buildings by 50% (IEA)
  • Reduce electrical consumption in buildings by 30% (IEA)
  • 30% efficiency dividend in round 1
  • Require more R&D on building data analytics
  • Adopt/adapt industry initiatives such as GRESB, CDP, DJSI, LEED, Green Star etc.
  • Develop international benchmarking of building stocks
  • Government to commit building stock into the iHub/DCH


The main event: the Public-Private round-table


These events are governed by Chatham house rules, so no individual contributions to the discussions can be made public. This is by convention to allow free expression of ideas without attribution. As such, we will highlight the some of the outcomes made public:

  • What data is required to satisfy all market players?
  • Where is the innovation? How do we promote it?
  • How do regulations play their role in change?
  • How do we gain market acceptance and move to adoption?
  • How do we create a value proposition?
  • Virtual Power Plants and other new Cleantech cannot exist without data
  • Efficiency first, then decarbonise the sources.
  • The role of government in committing their building stocks to the international DCH project


The headline from the MI-3 conference was the last point: Government is called on to commit their building data to a common Data Clearing House.

“Ministers gathered in Malmö with key thought-leaders, Mayors and CEOs from global companies including ABB, ENGIE, Tata and Northvolt. Concrete results emerged from the discussions on public-private cooperation in key technology areas. On batteries, a declaration on the role of innovation to develop sustainable battery value chains was endorsed, and Ministers and CEOs agreed to work on sharing the performance of building’s data to reduce the enormous amount of energy lost by poorly performing heating and cooling systems.”

The day ended on a private boat from Malmo harbour across to Copenhagen. An outstanding display of nordic food and culture at the world famous Langelinie Pavillonen on the Nordhavn harbour in Denmark. Langelinie Pavillonen is situated right in the middle of Copenhagen and is centrally located with airy and light panorama views of the Citadel, the marble Church, the city’s roofs and Langeliniekaj, where the Little Mermaid looks out over the sea.

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