HVAC consumes 20% of U.S. energy: $240 billion per year. Over half of the energy consumption comes from HVAC, and up to 50% is wasted by heating and cooling spaces that aren’t occupied. Not only is this energy wasted, but these spaces are also uncomfortable due to poor zoning, which can lead to employee/resident discomfort. Despite Building Automation Systems (BAS) having been around for decades, only 10% of commercial buildings have those due to inability to communicate with other building systems (i.e., interoperability), scalability, plug-and-play capability, local or remote monitoring, among other reasons.
Technology and Competitive Advantage
HiberSense uses a distributed network of battery-operated sensors (temperature, motion, light and humidity) within a property to determine room occupancy patterns and temperature preferences, to heat or cool only the rooms and offices that need it. The system then directs airflow via battery operated motorized vent covers (registers). HiberSense provides interoperability, scalability, and local or remote monitoring in a plug-and-play platform. Furthermore, users can retrofit systems at a lower cost than the more expensive existing BASs.
Our solution is unique because of its self-learning prediction of when rooms are occupied and when they need to be heated/cooled as well as because it optimizes cost for both utility providers and consumers by providing a practical, comfortable solution to reducing demand during peak hours (demand-response algorithms). We offer exclusive monthly analytic packages and safety alerts so the facility manager can be proactive, fixing problems before they occur, and can better understand and control their properties’ energy use.
A new company started in Dec 2015 that creates climate micro-zones, where people can set the temperature according to comfort in each different room of your house, office building, or other spaces. Our sensors will capture information about each room, and our intelligent software will predict which rooms are occupied at what times and will open/close our motorized registers to allow more/less air flow into the room. The software also minimizes the amount of time the HVAC is on.