Do you work in a dumb building?
If you spend a lot of days at work either too hot, or too cold, the answer might be yes.
Now though, 75F has a plan to put some brains in those bricks – so that a space is warm, when you want it warm – cool when you want it cool.
That’s a good thing in itself, of course, to feel comfortable at work but that’s not the only benefit of making your building a little smarter.
Because when a building is using less energy (which a 75F building does), it’s also producing fewer carbon emissions. And that is a very good thing, since almost FORTY PERCENT of carbon emissions worldwide come from buildings. Less carbon in the air, means less warming of the planet, which is also a very good thing for all of us.
The 75F folks came up with this “brains for buildings” idea but a couple of heavy hitters are helping them to bring it to market. Breakthrough Energy Ventures (a Bill Gates backed effort) and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (representing companies in the fuels and petrochemical industries) have just pumped a chunk of change into the work.
It works by dropping sensors all over a building to monitor where it’s hot, where it’s cold, where the air isn’t so good and even to keep tabs on the weather outside, and how that affects temperatures inside.
All that information goes to the building’s new brain, a central control unit supercharged by machine learning, which puts all the data together and fine tunes conditions in each area, to whatever settings you choose, automatically.
Most buildings today have one-size-fits-all HVAC systems (“HVAC” is building speak for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning”). If you’re too hot and you can find the HVAC guy, everybody gets the temperature turned down along with you even if now your co-workers are too cold.
And the 75F system is so simple to install, that a third-grader could do it. Which we can say, because a group of third graders did DO it as part of their science class.