Creating more sustainable buildings

Discover data-driven technologies for monitoring and managing carbon, water and waste in buildings – from stores to stadiums to office complexes – to turn inefficiencies into opportunities to reduce environmental impact.

The environmental impact of today’s buildings and cities

As dense and active places, buildings and cities are significant contributors to our climate crisis.


of global carbon dioxide emissions comes from urban areas1  


of total global energy-related CO2 emissions is associated with the buildings and construction sector2


of city energy budgets are allocated to street lighting3


of water consumed in buildings is wasted4

Optimise energy management and reduce carbon emissions

Use predictive monitoring to help manage equipment performance and energy consumption and explore grid-interactive, efficient buildings and infrastructure.

Fine-tuning systems and equipment with virtual models

Brookfield Properties digitised a new building using Azure Digital Twins to better manage equipment and energy use.

A city at night.

Cutting city energy costs with smart street lights

Smart lighting in the City of Gandía reduced annual energy consumption by 66% and carbon emissions by 2,723 tons.

Reducing energy consumption across the real estate portfolio

Swedish real estate company Vasakronan expects to save USD 700,000 annually in energy costs with Azure Digital Twins.

Drive smart water use

Remotely monitor water quality to reduce costs and meet health and safety standards. Track and control water flow to reduce consumption.

Saving water without sacrificing quality

Digital water solutions helped Marriott save 3.34 billion litres of water annually while maintaining guest satisfaction, generating significant energy savings and reducing waste.

Optimising waste water management

In Florida, Miami-Dade Water is developing a smarter way to manage and deliver services to more than 400,000 homes.

Large machinery.

Reduce waste and improve waste management

Smart digital solutions can facilitate repurposing and recycling and also help monitor waste bins, maximise efficient solid waste collection and deliver on advanced waste containment scenarios.

A driver using a tablet device while parked.

Improving sanitation services

The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is using Azure data collection to help identify trends and forecast waste management needs.

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