Arbnco launches research division
Glasgow-based prop-tech company Arbnco has launched a new R&D division, Arbn Labs which will focus on developing solutions for some of the biggest challenges in the built environment.
In 2018, BEIS approved Arbnco reporting software for use in registering exemptions in the MEES legislation. The company has since doubled in size and opened offices in the US. Working with academic institutions including the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde, and the Energy and Efficiency Institute at the University of California, Davis, the Arbn Labs team will develop software solutions for commercial deployment. These will be tested via pilot projects in commercial environments, with industry partners such as Nuveen Real Estate.
Projects currently underway include calibrating energy models with operational data to close the energy performance gap; developing sensor software that can optimise the indoor environment to improve the health and wellbeing of occupants; and utilising machine learning to automatically suggest the most appropriate retrofit options for a given building.
The Arbn Labs team will be headed up by Alan Wegienka, who has served as chief technology officer at Arbnco since the company’s inception. He says: “At the heart of Arbn Labs is an ambition to bring together the world’s best minds to tackle global energy problems. We act as a bridge between innovative academic research and commercial, real-world practice”