Helsinki Smart City

Helsinki uses smart building technology to become the smartest city in the world

The City of Helsinki aspires to become the world's most functional city as well as becoming CO2 neutral by 2035. Nuuka is helping Helsinki achieve both of these goals by connecting it's more than 1 700 public buildings to our smart building data platform.

Check out the interview with Tiina Kähö, CEO of The Helsinki Smart & Clean Foundation, to find out how and why.

Property data from 1 700 public buildings in one platform

The city of Helsinki has a wide range of buildings - including residential buildings, office buildings, schools, libraries and hospitals. Nuuka's Smart Building Platform collects real-time data and analyzes thousands of data points for energy and water consumption, indoor climate, cooling and HVAC process performance.

With all the data consolidated in one single user interface, Nuuka makes it easy for the city of Helsinki to analyze, understand and manage the key factors for energy efficiency, optimal indoor air quality and sustainability.

Helsinki connects its public buildings to achieve its sustainability goals

According to a Green Building Council report, buildings and construction combined account for 36% of global energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Most of these emissions come from burning fossil fuels to provide heating, cooling and lighting, and electrical appliances and electrical equipment.

A big part of becoming CO2 neutral is knowing where and how energy is consumed. Therefore, the city of Helsinki connects all its buildings to the Nuuka platform.

The various sensors and systems in the buildings connected to the Nuuka platform are, for example, building automation systems, indoor air sensor systems, waste, energy and water meters as well as camera technology to track a building's use and occupancy. The platform also receives subjective data from those who use the property and data from third-party systems, such as billing and maintenance systems.

Nuuka's smart platform is technology- and hardware-independent and not only collects data, but can also manage real estate processes.

Nuuka - a smart building platform with modules for many purposes

Nuuka provides the city of Helsinki with energy reporting for the entire property portfolio. From different areas and buildings to individual sub-meters. This makes it possible to detect and rectify deviations in real time and to analyze and optimize the energy efficiency of buildings.

Nuuka also provides plumbing and indoor air analysis. This is in order to check that heating and ventilation processes are working properly in the buildings whilst at the same time ensuring that the indoor climate (temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide level, etc.) in different rooms in the buildings across Helsinki are optimal.

Nuuka also offers various additional modules related to utilization and people flow, waste and sustainability reporting, and demand response, which means that we can customize a building's energy use based on the electricity supply in the power grid.

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Helsinki advances towards the smart city era

"The City of Helsinki is taking a big step forward, switching from measuring energy consumption only in our buildings to smart buildings. Finland offers market-leading technology within this sector and Helsinki wants to be a trendsetter. It is important to be able to control indoor air quality as it directly impacts people's well-being, and therefore the productivity of our residents and employees. Helsinki strives to be the world's leading city in digitization. The choice of Nuuka as our partner is part of Helsinki's decisive move towards the smart city era."

Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of City of Helsinki

A Smart City:

  • Guarantees good indoor climate and well-being for citizens
  • Improves the energy efficiency of public buildings
  • Eeduces greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality
  • Manages and improves utilization rates and people flows
  • Shares data transparently to various public stakeholders