“Buildings are the largest consumers of energy on our planet,” BrainBox AI president says
Canadian company BrainBox AI, a specialist in autonomous building technology, announced a partnership with WattTime, an environmental tech nonprofit.
The main aim of the partnership will be to drive increased energy savings and CO2 reductions in commercial real estate across North America.
BrainBox AI provides autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) technology for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. BrainBox AI’s technology continuously makes micro-adjustments to a building’s existing HVAC system, in real-time, based on the monitoring of a multitude of internal and external data points. This AI-based technology generates up to a 25% reduction in total energy costs, a 20-40% decrease in carbon footprint and a 60% increase in occupant comfort.
WattTime developed Automated Emissions Reduction (AER), a software that allows IoT devices such as smart thermostats and electric vehicles to automatically run on cleaner energy. The AER signal enables smart devices—including commercial building energy management systems—to shift the timing of flexible energy use to sync with times of cleaner energy and avoid times of dirtier energy.
Under the terms of the partnership, BrainBox AI is integrating WattTime’s dynamic marginal emissions signal into its AI data toolkit, to improve its model’s insights into CO2 and mercury emissions-reduction opportunities and enable continuous optimization to further reduce a building’s environmental footprint.
“Buildings are the largest consumers of energy on our planet and this exciting partnership with WattTime will not only create significant energy savings, but also make a very meaningful impact on the GHG emissions of buildings,” said Sam Ramadori, President of BrainBox AI. “Combining WattTime’s emissions data and signal with BrainBox AI’s autonomous AI technology is the kind of game-changing, scalable innovation that we desperately need to battle climate change.”
Additionally, BrainBox AI, WattTime, and the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment are partnering on a project funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, to combine BrainBox AI’s optimization engine and WattTime’s AER to help buildings located in and around the Great Lakes reduce their mercury emissions.
“This partnership with BrainBox AI speaks directly to WattTime’s mission of increasing environmental and social good through data-driven tools that empower anyone, including building owners and operators, to choose cleaner energy,” said Laura Corso, Managing Director of Partnerships at WattTime. “We’re excited that this collaboration will enable BrainBox AI’s customers to make their buildings’ environmental footprint even lighter.”
To know more about the implementation of AI in smart buildings and how important are these solutions in times of pandemic, In-Building Tech had previously interviewed Frank Sullivan, Chief Business Development Officer at BrainBox AI.