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An app to save energy, one office worker at a time

on November 8, 2013

Gigaom

Turns out helping office workers create personalized comfort zones is also a good way for building owners to save money. A one-year-old California startup called Building Robotics just raised $1.14 million to prove that case, and is aiming to be like a Nest for commercial buildings — minus the smart thermostat.

Using Building Robotics’ app, office workers can exert control over their heating and cooling comfort throughout the day. At the same time, the company’s algorithm, which resides in the computer that controls a building’s heating and cooling system, learns the workers’ temperature preferences and collects data to help building managers reduce wasteful energy use.

A slew of energy management software startups have cropped up in recent years to target the commercial building market. Generally, these companies’ software collects and analyzes a building’s energy use, utility bill, weather data and other information to chart out energy consumption patterns and expenditures…

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