ABB Smart Building’s AI-Powered SaaS Increases Energy Efficiency, Reduces Carbon Footprint

ABB Smart Building’s AI-Powered SaaS Increases Energy Efficiency, Reduces Carbon Footprint

• Universal artificial intelligence solution uses existing data to optimize HVAC control, delivering energy savings up to 25 percent in first three months

• Fosters preemptive HVAC functionality, extending equipment service life by up to 50 percent

• Enables up to 40 percent reduction in carbon footprint to support ESG targets

ABB Smart Buildings today announced ABB Ability™ BE Sustainable with Efficiency AI powered by BrainBox AI, a cutting-edge technology and SaaS that enhances existing HVAC equipment into predictive and self-adaptive HVAC systems for commercial buildings. Efficiency AI enhances existing building systems with no retrofitting or additional sensors required. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and proprietary algorithms, the solution autonomously drives HVAC systems by writing back to the controller in real time, increasing energy efficiency, saving money, and reducing carbon emissions.

Sustainability challenges in commercial real estate, coupled with advancements in hardware infrastructure and AI, drove the development of Efficiency AI. Buildings produce close to one-fifth of the world’s total carbon emissions. HVAC systems are leading contributors to rising GHGs, responsible for 45 percent of commercial building energy consumption. What’s worse, 30 percent of commercial building energy consumption is wasted.

“A lack of energy efficiency in buildings can be a significant barrier to our customers’ achieving their ESG targets,” said Ben Fuller, U.S. Sales Leader for ABB Building Solutions. “ABB’s Efficiency AI solution gives building owners and operators real-time data and autonomous technology that can help reduce a building’s carbon footprint by up to 40 percent.”

Connecting directly to a commercial office building, medical facility, academic building, retail shopping properties or other commercial HVAC system, Efficiency AI utilizes existing data from building systems to optimize HVAC control, establishing thermodynamic behavior patterns based on advanced deep learning models. These patterns inform autonomous decisions that transform HVAC systems from reactive to preemptive or “self-driving,” eliminating the need for human input, mitigating energy waste, and improving ROI and equipment service life.

“Increasing the availability of autonomous AI through ABB’s leading sales teams and system integrators will accelerate the adoption of BrainBox AI's market leading solution,” said Frank Sullivan, Chief Commercial Officer for BrainBox AI. “Addressing the need to reduce and avoid emissions in the built environment; ABB's clients now have an additional tool to optimize the energy efficiency of their buildings.”

Building needs addressed by Efficiency AI include:

  • Up to 40 percent reduction in carbon footprint: Meet or exceed ESG targets; access and track building’s unique emissions data for easy reporting; and comply with energy efficiency and emissions limits
  • Up to 25 percent reduction in HVAC energy costs: Lower HVAC bills and operating costs; increase net operating income; and improve building’s EUI
  • Up to 50 percent extension of equipment service life: Reduce equipment runtime; defer expensive retrofits and equipment replacement; and decrease maintenance costs, service calls, and truck rolls

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About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit

About BrainBox AI

Founded in 2017, BrainBox AI was created to address the dilemma currently facing the built environment, its energy consumption and significant contribution to climate change. As innovators of the global energy transition, BrainBox AI’s game-changing HVAC technology leverages AI to make buildings smarter, greener, and more efficient. Working together with our trusted global partners, BrainBox AI supports real estate clients in various sectors, including office buildings, hotels, commercial retail, grocery stores, airports, and more. BrainBox AI was recently announced as one of 10 companies globally chosen to showcase at the Tech For Our Planet challenge program, an initiative at the upcoming 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). In 2020, BrainBox AI was recognized by TIME as one of the Top 100 best inventions and by CB Insights as one of the Top 100 AI start-ups redefining industries in 2021.

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