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Case Western start-up advances technology that enables virtual energy audits of buildings

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 24th, 2020

A Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) start-up aims to commercialize a technology that could enable energy audits of buildings to be conducted remotely rather than on-site.

Edifice Analytics has licensed a software innovation from CWRU that performs a virtual audit using smart-meter data. Whereas most energy audits involve leak tests, infrared imaging and other expensive on-site procedures that often disrupt normal business operations, the Edifice technology allows building managers to perform audits remotely and for less than a tenth of the cost.

“Our exciting new technology uses big-data analytics, machine learning and satellite weather data to provide fast, accurate, low-cost, no-touch virtual building audits,” says Edifice CEO David Gordon. “We can efficiently process entire portfolios of buildings with only minimal information.”

The start-up can also remotely analyze potential savings for insulation and window replacement, HVAC efficiency, refrigeration efficiency and more.

Edifice worked with the CWRU Technology Transfer Office to license the technology and has collaborated with several commercial partners during the development phase. It is currently seeking pilot customers who wish to conduct virtual energy audits of their buildings.

Daniel Pendergast, the TTO’s senior director of operations, comments, “This is a great example of how visionary faculty can leverage the earliest types of translational funding to build out their research into a full market solution.”

Source: Mirage News

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