Decarbonization requires grid-interactive efficient buildings. We help building owners and operators achieve their efficiency and decarbonization goals.
Saving energy saves money. Investments in energy saving technology and equipment can be lucrative and greatly exceed the cost of capital.
At Buildings Alive, we focus our machine learning technology on identifying and delivering efficiency improvements that require little or no capital investment. Our technology determines optimum energy usage profiles for buildings and portfolios under any combination of operating conditions by analyzing energy and environmental data at fine-grained intervals. Our automated technical analysis and feedback then helps drive efficiency improvements by analyzing divergences between the observed and optimal profiles.
It may sound complicated, but the output is clear, timely insights that allow building owners and operators to assess performance with minimal effort and only a few seconds of attention.
For over a hundred years, electricity generation and distribution systems have worked by continuously varying supply to match consumer demand that is largely indifferent to the challenges their usage patterns present. As electricity systems around the world take on more so-called ‘non-dispatchable’ renewable generation like wind and solar power, active demand-side flexibility will be essential.
Buildings Alive technology harnesses Distributed Energy Resources—known as DERs, essentially all the energy generating, using and storage devices that sit on the customer’s side of the utility meter—to turn buildings into batteries. We do this by calculating and forecasting demand profiles to the building and equipment level, as well as the carbon intensity and cost of electricity in real-time. This data is used by building control systems to ramp loads up and down to cut emissions and save money by prioritizing renewable energy.
Electrification is the key to decarbonization, but the right steps need to be taken in the right sequence. Electricity grids with significant amounts of wind and solar energy generation typically have highly variable carbon intensity, so it matters greatly when electricity is used. Electrification strategies should drive investment in renewables by actively prioritizing the cleanest electricity.
We offer tools and technology to map out and support the fastest and most cost-effective decarbonization strategies that help accelerate the transformation of electricity networks by supporting renewable energy generation in real-time, i.e., at precisely the time when it is generated.