Green Energy and Sustainability ISSN 2771-1641

Green Energy and Sustainability 2022;2(2):0005 |

Technical Note Open Access

Smart buildings for smart cities: Analysis of the Smart Readiness Indicator

Stella Athanasaki , Katerina Tsikaloudaki

  • Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece

Correspondence: Stella Athanasaki

Academic Editor(s): Thomas Kotsopoulos, Georgios Martinopoulos, Giorgos Panaras

Received: Sep 29, 2021 | Accepted: Dec 20, 2021 | Published: Apr 6, 2022

This article belongs to the Special Issue

Cite this article: Athanasaki S, Tsikaloudaki K. Smart buildings for smart cities: Analysis of the Smart Readiness Indicator. Green Energy Sustain 2022; 2(2):0005.


Subject of this study is the analysis of the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI), as well as its application for a residential building in Greece. The indicator, which was firstly introduced in the revised EPBD in 2018, assesses the buildings’ smart readiness through the examination of the presence and the evaluation of the functionality level of smart services. Its goal is the promotion of buildings that are energy efficient, adaptive to their users’ needs, and flexible in respect of their electricity demand, according to the three key - functionalities, as stated by the Directive. A smart building is not only characterized by its sustainability but also by its adaptiveness to the environmental conditions and its users’ preferences. Smart buildings are a basic component of smart cities, which utilize a great range of smart technologies aiming at the improvement of their citizens’ lives. The Smart Readiness Indicator as well as the sub indicators evaluate the smart buildings using a multicriteria assessment method, which is thoroughly described in this paper. Finally, the indicators’ calculation is executed for a residential building in Greece leading to results, which are discussed along with identified methodology shortcomings and difficulties.


smart buildings, smart readiness indicator, energy efficiency, adaptiveness, energy flexibility

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