Sustainable building is no longer a niche for eco-idealists. It has long since become mainstream and public knowledge. All over the world, increasing numbers of projects are proving through the use of tangible buildings that economy and ecology can indeed be combined well. In the future, this will also have a considerable influence on a property’s intrinsic value.

In developing the gatelands smart business park, the team at gatelands Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co. KG have proved that energy-efficient and smart cities are cost-effective to build and can provide users with the quality they expect from a place to live and work. Here, for instance, we’re building a sustainable city system. Fraunhofer IAO is responsible for the conceptual management of this project. The company is holistically developing this pilot project with experienced experts in the areas of mobility innovations, smart city innovations and green buildings in order to create sustainable system and building development.

gatelands interviews Dr. Wilhelm Bauer, managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organization (IAO) in Stuttgart::

The rapid development of global added value networks is resulting in goods and people having to be increasingly mobile. How can we manage this increasing need for mobility in the long term?


„We will only satisfy this increasing need for logistics services when we can come up with highly sustainable solutions, particularly in our cities. To do this, we need to quickly introduce highly energy-efficient transport and traffic systems that can be run on renewable energies. Vehicles with hybrid engines, which will later be followed by completely electric vehicles, will allow us to make progress here. International competition for the best ideas and solutions is in full swing.“

To do this, is it not essential that the urban infrastructure as a whole can be intelligently networked such that people and technical systems can co-exist harmoniously?


„The smart city is our model for the future: networked, energy-efficient, safe, low-emission, clean and functional. And of course, it also has to run economically. Smart cities are designed for people, to meet their needs, to provide places for them to live and work. If we achieve this, then we give urban living a new quality, we create the attractive living spaces of the future. We in Germany can show that we’re international leaders in this field and can overcome the coming challenges with our innovations for the cities of the future.“

Thank you very much for talking to us!