Glasgow-based proptech company arbnco is the only UK firm picked to join a major project to reduce Los Angeles’s carbon footprint.
It has been picked for new building technologies initiative the Net Zero Accelerator. Arbnco was selected from more than 80 competitors across 11 countries.
The accelerator will bring together building technologies to help the Los Angeles region get to zero carbon, zero energy, zero water and zero waste with the deployment of pilots including arbnco’s energy efficiency technology.
Arbn well, arbnco’s indoor sensor technology, will be part of the initiative’s energy efficiency component.
The company has offices in California and Michigan and secured a contract with University of California, Davis earlier this year. It aims to establish itself in the US market as a leading developer of building technology to improve health, wellbeing and energy efficiency.
Arbnco will join companies from Texas, Hawaii, New York, and California aiming to start a revolution in net-zero building technologies over six months.
Neal Anderson, Director of the Accelerator, said: “We’re excited to help them overcome market-entry barriers often encountered by new technologies, and pair them with the green building experts and significant pilot sites throughout the Los Angeles region to see results before the new year, and keep the momentum rolling.”
Net-zero buildings are defined as buildings that have zero net energy consumption, producing approximately the same amount of renewable energy as is used by the building over the course of a year.
Arbn well sensors track metrics such as CO2 levels, temperature, humidity, and lighting in real-time in order to ensure consistent residents’ comfort and health, and optimise the energy performance of the building. It can be coupled with occupant feedback to learn the ideal parameters for each specific building.
arbnco was co-founded in 2015 by Maureen Eisbrenner and Simon West.
West, who is the company’s director, said: “This unique and innovative new project is a brilliant opportunity; increasingly, as property developers become more environmentally conscious, net-zero technologies are becoming a priority.
“We are based in Glasgow, which recently expressed the ambition to become the first British net-zero city, and we believe that this project will give us all the necessary resources to stay at the forefront of this effort.
“This accelerator offers an unprecedented chance for companies to develop and refine technologies that can be at the forefront of future sustainable development. We hope that, through the project’s pilot schemes, arbnco can invigorate our US market presence, and, in doing so, open up exciting new horizons for us.”