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Brainbox AI joins MaRS to help market smart HVAC

AI-powered system can reduce energy use by 25 to 35 percent


December 3, 2019
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MONTREAL – BrainBox AI has joined the MaRS Discovery District, to help it gain access to markets.

Using artificial intelligence and cloud computing, BrainBox AI has developed a solution that connects to a building’s existing HVAC installation in order to create an autonomous HVAC system, similar to the concept of an autonomous vehicle. This technology allows HVAC systems to move from the traditional reactive methodology to a preemptive autonomous operation mode.

BrainBox AI’s single edge device installs in less than half a day, which is followed by a four to six-week learning period during which the artificial intelligence (AI) model identifies and catalogues the building’s specific operating behavior to create a unique building energy profile.

The AI solution then converts to autonomous modulation mode and begins delivering a significant reduction in the building’s total energy spend (25 to 35 percent) and carbon footprint (20 to 40 percent).

This technology has been applied to various types of commercial real estate, including warehouses, office towers, retail stores, and academic institutions.

The machine learning platform adapts to various environments and functions as efficiently with or without a Building Management System (BMS). As no two buildings are the same with regards to thermal profile, the use of self-learning artificial intelligence allows for a solution that can scale rapidly and efficiently across a portfolio of buildings.

“We are very happy to have been selected by MaRS as it is the leading urban innovation hub and a reputable community leader in Canada, for us to work with, and this relationship will help us continue the momentum towards a green building revolution,” said Sam Ramadori, chief business development officer at BrainBox AI.

“There is no better time than now to be focusing on reducing the carbon footprint of buildings and our impactful, scalable solution is a way to achieve meaningful results within the aggressive timeline required by international climate change goals.”

MaRS helps entrepreneurs bring their products to market quickly, while also making organizations and businesses more sustainable and cost-effective. They provide expert advice, and connections to talent, capital and global markets.

“AI-powered autonomous buildings are an emerging and important disruptive innovation that will enable significant energy savings,” said Harvey Coleman, cleantech senior advisor at MaRS.

“The MaRS team and I are looking forward to working closely with BrainBox AI to help their business grow, reach new markets and customers, and ultimately, help solve an important problem as businesses seek to reduce their emissions.”