IDC Government Insights: Worldwide Sustainable Buildings, Homes and Districts

The IDC Government Insights: Worldwide Sustainable Buildings, Homes and Districts service empowers executives across the urban ecosystem to make evidence-based decisions about the future of urban infrastructure and will trigger innovative collaboration in this space. The service will enable executives to understand how data and technology can be and is being leveraged to promote more sustainable buildings, homes, and districts and how this is changing the way in which people use and interact with buildings and physical infrastructure.


The urban infrastructure ecosystem is a confederation of interests: national and local governments engage architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) that are in turn supported by technology, utilities, energy, and telco companies. Between these actors, there is increasing alignment on the need to develop a more people-centric, sustainable urban environment through advanced urban digital transformation. This has been spurred by municipal and national priorities and regulations, the advocacy and investment of international financial institutions such as the European Commission and the World Bank coalescing around the SDGs, and mounting evidence on the potential return on investment. The vision is ambitious, but the proof points of best practice will be implemented at a smaller scale through developments with defined parameters such as buildings, homes, and districts. Our definition of districts will include urban constructs that have a recognizable periphery such as university campuses, hospital complexes, airports, ports, railway stations, and designated zones within cities. We have built a team within IDC Government Insights with broad and deep field experience in this area. Leveraging our expertise and contacts, we will provide in-depth and actionable insights based on survey data, use cases, and best practices while maintaining ongoing communication with industry experts, governments, and the broader urban ecosystem.

Topics Addressed

Throughout the year, this service will address the following topics:

  • Urban digital transformation projects are becoming more mature and include the creation of data through IoT platforms that can be synthesized into information through advanced analytics and visualized using digital twins. This allows both the public and private sector to convert data into actionable insights that informs impact. We will look at what this means for buildings, homes, and districts.
  • The legal, regulatory, and funding environment for developing and retrofitting buildings, homes, and districts is shifting with increasing requirements for sustainability. The service will provide an overview of the key trends in this space, including the ways in which COVID-19 recovery funds can be and are being leveraged.

Key Questions Answered

Our research addresses the following issues that are critical to your success:

  1. How will technological innovation help us adapt to how urban areas will be used in the future, particularly as we come out of COVID-19?
  2. How will the ecosystem of regulators, operators, and suppliers of advanced urban digital transformation create innovative business models for sustainable infrastructure?
  3. What are the technological capabilities that the advanced urban digital infrastructure ecosystem needs to put in place in the next three to five years to meet the sustainability needs of clients?
  4. How can technology suppliers reimagine their portfolio and go to market to be best positioned to deliver successful solutions for the future of urban infrastructure?
  5. What are the organizational changes (security, technical, legal, and project management) that need to be addressed to realize the benefits of technology innovation for the future of urban infrastructure?
  6. What are the priorities of government executives when selecting development and technology partners?
  7. Where will the funding come from?
  8. How will success be measured?

Who Should Subscribe?

The service will benefit multiple stakeholders across the urban ecosystem:

  • Global IT vendors such as Accenture, AWS, GE, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, and Siemens that target both government and architectural, engineering, and construction
  • Specialist vendors providing digital twin, edge, PropTech, VR, AR, and video analytic solutions, such as NVIDIA, Dassault, Johnson Controls, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Samsung, Cityzenith, and Bosch
  • AEC companies such as AECOM, Arup, Atkins, Bouygues, Gales, Jacobs, and TMG
  • National and local government policymakers and practitioners

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Meet the Experts
Joe Dignan

European Head, IDC Government Insights

Louisa Barker

Research Manager, IDC Government Insights, Europe