The proliferation of digital technologies is transforming our daily life. The number of digital tools and services are increasing at a hasty rate, and both mature and new technologies are changing the way we build and operate assets in the built environment. Historically, the construction and building sector has been slow to adopt new technologies but buildings are undeniably becoming more complex and more interconnected, changing business models and challenging the traditional real-estate industry.

The council for Tall Buildings Urban Habitat is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year at the 10th World Congress in Chicago which will examine the most significant advancements in tall buildings the last 50 years, as well as exploring the future of tall buildings including smart technologies and automation.

CTBUH defines a Smart Building as a physical and digital platform that gathers, manages and acts on data to enhance building performance with the goal of promoting comfort, productivity and sustainability. Shonn Mills Global Director for High-Rise Buildings Ramboll adds: “Tall buildings should be designed as platforms to take full advantage of the latest and future smart technology. The CTBUH paper provides a framework for implementing new technology and future-proofing real-estate assets”.