Smart buildings and smart communities will improve sustainability by optimizing energy use, which will lower carbon footprints.

Commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45 percent of the U.S. greenhouse gas footprint, with emissions from buildings anticipated to climb faster than from any other source. Cities are implementing green initiatives, like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or smart building technologies to lower carbon emissions and reduce electricity use.

Smart buildings will enable accountability of energy consumption via smart grid tracking and dashboard analytics, and encourage responsible consumer consumption.