About - Glasgow Future City

About the project

Future City Glasgow is an ambitious £24 million programme aimed at using technology to make life in Glasgow smarter, safer and more sustainable. The city beat 29 others to win funding in a UK-wide competition run by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) - the Government's innovation agency. The winning bid outlined how public, private and academic sectors can combine expertise and use cutting-edge technology to enhance day-to-day life in the city. It addressed issues such as public safety, transport, health, and sustainable energy. For information on other elements of Future City Glasgow.

As part of Future City Glasgow the Energy App delivers a key element of the smart city agenda. The Energy App is an online system which will enable citizens and businesses to evaluate the performance and energy efficiency of their buildings and get recommendations of possible improvements, including retrofit solutions, renewables and other energy conservation measures.

The Energy App incorporates a dynamic 3D web portal that will allow users to view and explore the city’s energy performance at both district and building levels. A mobile app is also available for building and home owners to understand their energy use, examine simple energy conservation measures to help them reduce their consumption and provide them with potential retrofit solutions that will be applicable to their buildings.

The Energy App facilitates local and city-scale assessments of energy use. The importance of providing a means with context to conduct such assessments cannot be overstated, in terms of the associated potential economic and environmental benefits for Glasgow.

The Energy App is an exciting project for IES and Glasgow, and one that continues to move the focus from the building to the city. You can visit the R & D section of our website to find out about our other research projects, which are exploring how cities can operate intelligently in order to benefit its inhabitants and our environment.