Today, the RF Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities, Mikhail Menn, opened the session entitled, “Russia 2016: Innovation Vector in the Urban Development”, within the framework of the major international real estate show for professionals (MIPIM) in Cannes, France.
Speaking at the event, Mr Menn said that sharing international practices in the field of introducing intellectual systems in urban development is a crucial condition for creating a good living environment for our citizens.
A modern trend for urban development is the gradual move from a narrow area of architectural and construction activities into the more extensive and many-sided area of urban planning and formation of a “smart city”.
“Today more than ever, new approaches to urban planning have become necessary, taking into consideration the quality of urban construction modifications, improving the comfort of the living environment and the introduction of intellectual systems of modern city management”, stressed Mikhail Menn.
Fully automated buildings are a rare phenomenon in Russia so far. “One may encounter “smart” houses, apartments and offices mostly in big cities with over a million dwellers, such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg”.
However, real estate buyers are getting increasingly interested in the possibilities offered by intellectual systems, and, at present, “smart” houses have reached the most remote regions of Russia”, pointed out Mr. Menn.
According to him, ideally, an integrated management system combines simultaneously a number of options such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, security and fire alarms, control of access to buildings, water leakage and gas escape.
“The integration of all these systems into a cohesive whole initially increases construction costs, which puts developers on their guard. But when considering the profitability of such construction, it would be correct to proceed from the calculation of the given expenses (capital investments plus operation costs) of the building’s life-cycle.
There is an obvious efficiency in economy on the whole, as well as a social effect — a drop in utility fees. As a result, the additional investment is paid off within 5-8 years”, said the head of the Russian Construction Ministry.