E3: BrainBox AI CEO Sam Ramadori Describes Autonomous Technology for Building Energy Efficiency
August 14, 2023 by Joe Panettieri
How can commercial buildings evolve to lower their energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprints? The answer, according to BrainBox AI CEO Sam Ramadori, involves autonomous software that optimizes existing Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) control systems.
BrainBox AI, founded in 2017, develops software that improves occupant comfort by 60% and decreases the carbon footprint of a building by 20% to 40%, the company asserts. But how does software work -- and how far along is BrainBox AI in its business journey with partners and customers?
Ramadori, in this conversation with Sustainable Tech Partner, covers those questions and more:
The conversation focuses on such areas as:
0:00 - Introductions and overview: Why BrainBox AI focuses on autonomous AI for buildings, energy management and carbon emissions reduction.
1:30 - Trends in building energy management, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and the transition to digital solutions in the commercial market.
3:10 - Leveraging big data from buildings to drive success.
3:30 - KPIs (key performance indicators) for the business so far.
4:40 - Approaching 100 million square feet under management.
5:20 - Who is the customer for digital building solutions and autonomous AI in the commercial real estate market?
8:47 - How can partners and customers begin to transform without having to become a digital building and autonomous AI master overnight?
11:15 - Can BrainBox AI assist partners and customers with overall carbon emissions reporting and more?
13:15 - Companies worldwide are making Net-Zero emissions pledges -- but can they fulfill those pledges?
15:25 - What triggered Sam Ramadori's passion for carbon emissions reduction? His journey from the legal and private equity world to BrainBox AI.
18:20 - The climate problem is bigger than all of us, so it's time to move the large middle-ground people -- the folks who know something is wrong -- faster.
20:00 - The BrainBox AI partner ecosystem so far. And how the generative AI buzz has helped to drive more understanding of autonomous AI.
22:30 - How autonomous AI will help building management teams and service providers to scale energy savings.
25:30 - Recent funding and a key acquisition: Status updates on a $30 million raise and a tuck-in business purchase.