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Enabling greener buildings in downtown Toronto

Client GWL Reality Advisors

Context

GWL Realty Advisors, a leading North American real estate investment advisor, actively focuses on reducing the energy and carbon footprint of its diverse portfolio of office, industrial, retail and multi residential assets to support the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Commercial Office Building

  • Total controlled area

    145926 sq. ft. of office space (~ half of the buildings)

  • Hours of operation

    8:00 am-6:00pm (Mon.-Fri.)

  • Estimated annual savings based on current results

    309000 kWh

  • Carbon equivalency

    218 metric tons of CO2

Multi-Residential Building

  • Total controlled area

    Est. 25000 sq. ft. of common areas

  • Hours of operation

    The occupancy times vary per zone

  • Estimated annual savings based on current resutlts

    254875 kWh

  • Carbon equivalency

    180 metric tons of CO2

Process

A pilot project in two of the organisation’s managed properties


In 2020, BrainBox AI and GWL Realty Advisors launched a pilot project in two of the organisation’s managed properties located in downtown Toronto.


BrainBox AI installed its cutting-edge technology into a 300,000 sq. ft. commercial office tower, where BrainBox AI controls approximately half of the building, and a 500,000 sq. ft. multi-residential building, where common areas on various floors are controlled, to convert the existing HVAC equipment into autonomous systems using artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and a set of custom curated algorithms. After few weeks of data mapping, building analysis and an AI learning period, BrainBox AI was able to establish a strategy unique to each building by enriching the buildings’ existing data sets with external weather and tariff structure data, resulting in a significant reduction in asset and equipment run times as well as energy consumption from HVAC operations.

Achieving 25-29% energy savings in two properties

Energy savings

-29%

Energy savings on HVAC* equipment

CO2

-400

Metric tons of CO2 avoided per year

Results

This resulted in energy savings on HVAC equipment of 29% and 25% respectively after only a few months.


Annualised savings for both projects amount to over half a million kWh, which is equivalent to approximately 400 metric tons of CO2 avoided per year. Satisfied with these promising results, GWL Realty Advisors is now looking to implement BrainBox AI across more buildings within its portfolio, starting with another commercial building in the city of Toronto.

"As a leading real estate advisor, we’re focused on evolving our sustainability platform to meet the demand for smarter, climate-resilient buildings for our tenants. We’ve seen great results in our pilot projects with BrainBox AI and are evaluating other assets where we can implement this technology."
 Glenn Way
Glenn Way Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at GWL Realty Advisors
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