Smart Buildings and Infrastructure


A Smart Building is comfortable and accommodating. It produces information for users’ needs, does not consume much natural resources or energy and utilises waste resources. In addition, it functions economically sustainably and viably.


  • To create functional ecosystems and co-operation projects resulting in intelligent and sustainable buildings and areas in the Tampere Region.
  • To activate businesses in the region to participate in development projects generating growth and internationalisation, and to make Tampere Region a recognised reference area of smart building.
  • To promote co-creation, experimentation and co-operation in building with businesses, research and educational institutions, and municipalities.

Lead themes

  1. Responsive buildings. Developing a built environment that is intelligent and responsive to people’s needs. Increasing building-human interaction. Developing living as a service. Introducing sharing economy and shared spaces as part of urban life.
  2. Energic buildings. Seeing buildings as an active part of the energy system, as producers and consumers of energy. The goal is to increase renewable energy use and to form a regional zero-energy or energy-plus system. Integration and optimisation of building energy systems at a regional level. Developing and piloting ecological, economic and social life cycle approach.
  3. Digital buildings. Promoting digitalisation of real estate and building *ala*. Integrating data from buildings’ whole life cycle (from planning to use and re-use or re-cycling) on shared platforms. Collecting and refining building users’ MyData and real-time condition data as information for the benefit of residents and users.


We are preparing three project drafts for the Six City Strategy program’s ERDF call for ideas:

  • Sharing economy pilots and impacts on space use. Contact: Suvi Holm, Ekokumppanit Oy
  • Energy project for promoting energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings, and reaching the zero energy aim, by means of digitalisation. Contact: Markku Niemi, Business Tampere Oy.
  • New innovations in wood construction. Contact: Markku Karjalainen, TUT.

In the City-IoT project, an ERDF-funded Six City program launched in 2017, integration of energy and condition data of the city’s service buildings on a shared city platform is prepared. Open definition process of the platform with businesses has started.

EU-STARDUST Lighthouse project of the Smart Cities program started on October 1st 2017. Intelligent city energy systems are developed in several demo areas, in Härmälänranta (Skanska Oy), Ilokkaanpuisto (Aurinkotekno Oy), in residential and commercial buildings in the city centre (Tampereen Sähkölaitos Oy ja Enermix Oy) as well as in electric transportation (City of Tampere). The research partner of the project is VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, and with the city of Tampere, the cities of Pamplona and Trento, different businesses and research institutes will be involved in the project.

In addition, the City of Tampere has several other smart and sustainable building projects under way, illustrated in the Smart Building theme window above.

More information:

Theme Manager Miimu Airaksinen
+358 40 770 4832

Development Manager Pauli Välimäki
+358 40 801 6035

New technologies for infrastructure to better manage our scarce resources for a more sustainable world

  • Helping companies to develop more sustainable products, services and processes to have a competitive advantage in the global market. Not only Smart Energy, Water, Waste and other infrastructure related themes (such as Smart Buildings) but also connectivity as a horizontal IoT enabler are important areas of collaboration when building new solutions.
  • Fields related to this theme: Smart Grid, Smart Meters, Digital Water Management, Digital Waste Management, Leakage Detection, Predictive Maintenance Planning and Pollution detection.
  • The key values for Tampere are: sustainability, economic growth (for example from circular economy), reduced energy costs, reduced cost as well as better utilization rate for resources.