Smart cities are sustainable and make life simpler and more efficient
Climate protection and energy supply are among the major themes facing cities. The City of Vienna has therefore launched the Smart City Vienna initiative to develop forward-looking strategies for all spheres of urban life as well as promoting future-oriented research and building relevant networks. The spectrum of topics under investigation ranges from infrastructure, energy, mobility and ICT to the development of entire new urban neighbourhoods. Smart City Vienna stands for innovative solutions and careful, responsible use of resources. A beacon project for holistic urban development, under the Smart City Vienna initiative aspern Seestadt will become a workshop for future urban lifestyles. “Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co KG“ is headquartered at aspern IQ and uses Urban Lakeside as a "living lab".
Intelligent building means conserving resources. Right from the outset, one of the objectives of Seestadt was to minimise the impact of the construction project on people and the environment. Click here to find out how aspern Seestadt is different from other construction sites.
aspern Seestadt must fulfil the requirements of 21st-century lifestyles as well as meeting the City of Vienna's ambitious energy efficiency and climate protection goals. A responsible approach towards the environment is being given topmost priority throughout the entire project. Buildings at Seestadt have to "pass" the Total Quality Building (TQB) assessment of the Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNB) with a minimum score of 750 out of a possible 1,000 points. Besides criteria such as cost effectiveness, furnishings and appointments, health and comfort, the assessment also takes account of other factors including energy, utility installations, building materials and resource efficiency.
The first phase of construction at aspern Seestadt comprises offices, retail units, premises for service providers and production facilities, plus a school campus and 2,600 housing units. In addition to other standard quality criteria for publicly subsidized housing – such as affordability and functional mix – the requirement to meet ambitious energy-efficiency standards was an integral part of the tendering process, with building plots only being awarded to developers complying with these standards.
Learning with Seestadt - knowledge transfer
As well as being a Smart City, aspern Seestadt is also a "learning district", where innovative urban and building technologies are tested in practice. This makes the urban development zone an exciting field of research, especially for students. To promote this knowledge transfer process, the Seestadt development corporation Wien 3420 has been supporting the Green.Building.Solutions Summer University since 2012.
The key objectives of the Summer University are to give young urban planners from all over the globe an insight into the subject matter and supply them with first-hand ecological know-how and building engineering expertise, as well as discussing their ideas and collecting their input for the planning process going forward.
Green.Building.Solution is a joint venture by student accommodation provider OeAD-Wohnraumverwaltung, Vienna's University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and six other Austrian universities and higher technical colleges, the green building platform Innovative Gebäude and the Austrian Institute for Technology.
OeAD-Wohnraumverwaltung also operates a student residence at Seestadt: the GreenHouse is the world's first nearly-zero-energy student accommodation and an on-site showcase for the non-profit organisation's expertise in sustainable building.