According to the International Energy Agency, buildings use 30% of the world’s energy and contribute 28% of global carbon dioxide emissions – making these structures one of the least digitalised sectors in the world.
Newly launched Neuron Digital Group is setting its sight to making buildings smarter and leveraging the power of data and technology to decarbonise building assets and facilitate digital property management.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Neuron is already serving several prominent clients in the local market. It also plans to expand from its research and development base in Hong Kong and establish operating hubs in mainland China and other key leading smart cities in the Asia Pacific.
“Neuron is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to a sustainable future. It offers a systematic approach to decarbonising the built environment by unlocking the potential of data and technology. With this joint venture, we aim to scale up the accessibility and usability of Neuron via cloud platforms, facilitating the industry to accelerate the journey to net zero,” said Dr. Andy Lee, co-chairman of Neuron and East Asia chief operating officer of Arup.
Neuron is a joint venture between global built environment consultant Arup and China’s Venturous Group. With the domain knowledge of these two companies, Neuron is best position to develop the ideal platform for smart and sustainable buildings.
Benson Tam, co-chairman of Neuron and founder & chairman of Venturous Group, said: “Neuron is proudly a ‘child of Hong Kong’. We are so excited to launch it here. Neuron is an infrastructure key to Smart Cities, which is at the core of our firm’s mission. At Venturous Group we not only invest, but also build and operate Citytech. Neuron is a perfect example of what we can achieve together with best-in-class, long-term strategic partners such as Arup.”
Neuron embraces data technology to serve modern-day buildings, including energy management, tenant wellness and satisfaction, automation and indoor air quality. It will also help reduce maintenance costs and equipment downtime, and optimise asset management.
The Neuron solutions have been implemented in different projects in Asia, resulting in a significant improvement in building energy and operation efficiency. With Venturous Group’s capital, strategy and technology capabilities, Neuron will further develop into a cloud-based integrated technology platform with Digital Twin, AI and big data capabilities that will meet the needs of building owners, operators and users.