Autonomous building AI targets HVAC systems

May 08, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Autonomous building AI targets HVAC systems
Artificial intelligence startup BrainBox AI (Montreal, Canada) has announced the launch of its technology that combines deep learning, cloud-based computing, and algorithms to support a 24/7 self-operating building.

Its technology, says the company, is the first AI technology designed specifically for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) in commercial buildings. The solution is designed to predict a building's thermal load and enable the HVAC system to operate autonomously, in real-time, leading to significant energy and cost savings, a reduction in its carbon footprint, and increased occupant comfort - all in less than 3 months.

"AI-powered autonomous buildings are the next disruptive innovation that will enable significant energy savings in the real estate space," says CEO and Co-Founder, Sean Neely. "BrainBox AI adds an extra layer of intelligence to the existing HVAC control system and enables buildings to move from being reactive to pre-emptive in the way these HVAC systems are managed."

In its pre-commercialization installations, says the company, the technology has demonstrated that it enables a 25% to 35% reduction in a building's total energy costs in less than 3 months, and requires low to no up-front capital expenditure from property owners. It also improves occupant comfort by 60% and decreases the carbon footprint of a building by 20% to 40%.

The system simultaneously delivers predictive HVAC maintenance capabilities including an easy-to-understand diagnostics dashboard that informs building managers ahead of time if a service issue is imminent.

"Our technology uses AI to study a building's behavior, sending more efficient operating instructions to the HVAC system and modulating the building in real-time to resolve issues related to energy consumption, efficiency and occupant comfort," says BrainBox AI CTO and Co-Founder Jean-Simon Venne. "BrainBox AI brings significant innovation to the built environment, meaningfully reducing the energy impact of buildings on our environment."

The company says it is developing its AI technology in collaboration several partners including the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, IVADO, and Montreal-based universities such as École de technologie supérieure.

BrainBox AI

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