The way we live in the future will be very different from the way we live today.
New modes and patterns of living are emerging as we strive to meet the challenges raised by the need for better and more efficient management of limited energy resources. The drive to significantly reduce harmful CO2 emission levels is also of paramount importance. Nowhere are these changes being felt more than in our cities.
The homes we live in have an important part to play as we move towards a more energy-conscious, environmentally friendly and safer world. Building stock (both private households and commercial premises) remains one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gases due to emissions caused by lighting, mechanical energy (e.g. cooling and freezing, motors, consumer electronics goods), heating, warm water and other forms of process heating.
The significant increase in one-person households in industrialized nations has added consequences for energy consumption levels: a private individual living in a one-person household consumes around 60 percent more energy than a person in a two-person household.
Germany is taking significant steps towards an age of smart living, with technological transformation and the creation of an ICT-based intelligent infrastructure helping create the energy-efficient homes, buildings and cities of tomorrow.
Cities are the recognized growth motors of the global economy. Germany is helping build the smart CO2-neutral, energy-efficient, and livable city of the future as part of its High Tech Strategy to allow tomorrow's cities to realize their economic and sustainable development vision.