New series: Emerging Technologies for the Built Environment

New series: Emerging Technologies for the Built Environment

The article series “Emerging Technologies for the Built Environment” is sponsored by Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) and written/edited by NanoFab Tools, a technology consultant firm.

The series aims to keep COINS clients informed of technological developments that could have a significant impact on the built environment and will cover a wide range of topics. 


Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs): Building the Future
February 2015
Read more Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) aim to reduce the carbon footprint by generating as much energy as they consume. Government legislation has made green buildings a priority, ensuring an increased market share of NZEBs in the buildings of the future. This article reviews the current state-of-the-art in NZEB design, the market growth and the prospects for the future.


Smart Windows: Enhancing the Energy Efficiency of Buildings 
April 2015
Read more Smart windows can dynamically change the tinting of glass to control the amount of light/heat that enters a building. They can also be used to create on-demand private spaces for offices. The market is being driven forward by the need for energy savings, as well as the impressive futuristic aesthetics which smart windows offer. This article reviews the current state-of-the-art of smart windows, the major market players and the potential market growth.


Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV); Advanced Materials for Construction
May 2015
Read more The days of seeing solar photovoltaic modules mounted on the rooftop of buildings are numbered - why mount them on the building when you can integrate them directly into the construction material itself? Photovoltaic solar cells, which convert sunlight to electricity, are taking on a new form and will blend seamlessly into the building design. This article reviews the current state-of-the-art in BIPV, the potential market growth and the major market players.


Smart Cities: Data Led City Management and Control
June 2015
Read more Smart Cities integrate the “Internet of Things (IoT)” in combination with other intelligent devices to provide a higher quality of life and enhance competitiveness. This article reviews the current status, giving examples of already existing smart cities across the globe, and an overview of the major market players, as well as the future prospects.

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