Arbnco, a Glasgow property technology firm, has launched a research and development division, arbn labs, creating 11 lab jobs, which will focus on developing scientific solutions for the built environment.
It comes as the company opens two US offices in Detroit and California and doubles its team from 18 to 37.
Founded in 2012, arbnco develops software solutions to transform the commercial and public sector property markets, helping to improve sustainability, reduce carbon outputs and create healthier environments.
Its data-led optimisation technology is used to enhance energy performance, manage building compliance, monitor and improve indoor air quality, and predict the impact of climate change on buildings. The labs division will form the company’s research and development arm, building on its existing partnerships with academia and industry.
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 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.
The projects underway at arbn labs aim to address universal issues within the built environment, and have been funded by organisations including Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and The Data Lab. The 17-strong labs team brings together considerable experience in the fields of building energy modelling, data analytics, smart building technologies, and the study of occupant behaviour in buildings.
Their cumulative academic and commercial expertise has been gained in countries across the world, including Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, South Africa and Brazil. Between them, they speak nine different languages.
The arbn labs team, headed up by Alan Wegienka, who has served as arbnco’s chief technology officer, said: “At the heart of arbn labs is an ambition to bring together the world’s best minds to tackle global energy problems. Our labs team has been strengthened significantly by the cumulative expertise of our new colleagues, and we look forward to the milestones that will be reached with them on board.”
Joe Clarke, director of the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde, said: “I am delighted to be part of the success story and continue to support arbn labs and the wider arbnco business in their many innovative R&D projects.”