Smart-building tech market set to triple
The market for smart-building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The “Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018” predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018. The predicted rapid... Read more
From London Olympic site to ‘disruptive’ tech hub
Part of the former London 2012 Olympic site will be redeveloped as hub for creative and digital innovation and business. The three main buildings that once served as press and broadcast centers are to be converted into an innovation center, an auditorium and a space with a data center,... Read more
London unveils £300 million cycle safety plan
On the heels of a study finding that London’s streets could be made much safer for cyclists, Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London today announced a £300 million program to modernize some of the city’s most dangerous road junctions. Under the plan, 33 one-way gyratories will be updated... Read more
High-speed rail has ‘severe’ costs for Londoners
A UK government proposal for a new high-speed railway underestimates potential costs to the environment and to people, according to the London Assembly Environment Committee. High Speed Two, or HS2, would connect to the existing High Speed One line that runs from St. Pancras in London to the Channel... Read more
‘Urban London’ goes live
Greenbang is launching a new event — Urban London is a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and public sector officials. It is a platform for stories of emerging technologies, social and economic improvement. The event  — held at Digital Enterprise Greenwich (next to the O2) — examines innovation... Read more
Towns across UK explore decentralized heating
More than two dozen local authorities across England and Wales are working to develop heat network projects that could help warm buildings more efficiently and cost-effectively. The UK estimates that heat networks could realistically meet 14 percent of its building heating demands by 2030, and 43 percent by 2050.... Read more