TNB Nucleus City

Smart Solutions,
Sustainable Societies

HIJJAS has envisioned for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) a smart cities framework that harmonises cutting-edge business, energy, enterprise and technology solutions into a sustainable masterplan of liveable communities and resilient systems. Aligning with TNB’s SDG goals, low-carbon cities and national CO2 reduction targets, the TNB Nucleus City framework aims to advance Malaysia’s net zero 2050 ambition. Five key pillars were introduced as the framework’s foundations that would not only distinguish TNB’s credentials within the areas of renewable energy and sustainable design, but also provide a universal blueprint for future smart cities.

The path to net-positivity is achieved in progressive stages with multiple strategies that focus on reducing demand or augmenting production by harnessing renewable local resources. By 2030, Nucleus City aims to be a low-carbon city by reducing energy demand. The convergence between digital technology and energy will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services that delivers better quality of life and reduced energy consumption. Innovations that marry the digital and energy disciplines include technology that controls the energy consumption of buildings, and interoperable communicating devices such as temperature and air quality sensors, variable speed drives and robots, as well as smart meters and intensity and colour-controlled LED lighting.

The path to net-positivity is achieved in progressive stages with multiple strategies that focus on reducing demand or augmenting production by harnessing renewable local resources. By 2030, Nucleus City aims to be a low-carbon city by reducing energy demand. The convergence between digital technology and energy will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services that delivers better quality of life and reduced energy consumption. Innovations that marry the digital and energy disciplines include technology that controls the energy consumption of buildings, and interoperable communicating devices such as temperature and air quality sensors, variable speed drives and robots, as well as smart meters and intensity and colour-controlled LED lighting. 

A “5-minute loop” concept organises public services in a way that is more accessible within comfortable walking distance for residents of all ages. With the advent of e-mobility, a more car lite is envisioned, an 80:20 split with public transport running on bio fuel and roads adapted for autonomous vehicles (AVs), electric bicycles and other forms of micro-mobility. By planning for a car lite environment, communities can benefit from a smart mobility ecosystem that is more intelligent, seamless, and environmentally friendly.

A walkable city means less dependence on private vehicles and a more liveable and valuable streetscape.

A liveable city is founded on balancing society, environment, economy, and culture.

Liveability is measured by quality-of-life factors, such as access to fresh water, food, housing, transport, healthcare, education, and a safe built and natural environment to meet the community’s needs. In our tropical environment, it is vital to provide cooler buildings, cooler environments, shorter walkability to conveniences, schools and amenities. Neighbourhood ground floor programming, pocket parks, universal design and safer connectivity are all integral in giving the right environment for communities to live in harmony and prosper.

Applying a nature-based solution (NBS) as part of the overall planning is as integral as the grey networks of roads, infrastructure and data planning.

Urban landscape has become an integral part of city planning. A blue-green network is vital in supporting services such as water, flood, heat and health in our cities. Nucleus City increases green landscape back up to 38%, which includes 15% greenscape in individual plots and also recommends 30% green roofs and 70% of rooftops on all new developments to be fitted with photovoltaic panels.

A decentralized infra-cloud will build resiliency, self-sufficiency, and sustainability into resource flows, and dramatically reduce operational carbon footprint. At the masterplan level, establishing sheltered, shaded pedestrian encourages walking in any form of weather. Ample street planting and canopy creates comfortable micro-climates. By preserving line of sight and encouraging visibility of public spaces in Nucleus City, a secure and safe environment can be fostered.