Google adds to spending spree with green building buy

Google has plunged cash into a firm which makes “intelligent” energy efficiency systems for offices. It’s one of a number of green investments made by the firm recently including various solar […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Google has plunged cash into a firm which makes “intelligent” energy efficiency systems for offices.

It’s one of a number of green investments made by the firm recently including various solar energy projects and a wind farm.

The search engine giant’s Ventures branch is among several investors to chip into a funding round which collected $1.14million (£700k) for software firm Building Robotics.

Building Robotics’ first product called Comfy looks at the patterns of energy usage in buildings and feeds them into a machine-learning algorithm. This adjusts whether warm or cool air is piped to different parts of the building.

The firm says its software is compatible with most existing building management systems.

Andrew Krioukov, Building Robotics CEO said: “The number one complaint of office workers is being too hot or cold. Comfy gives you the ability to tailor temperature to your needs and by doing so it yields significant energy savings, because we know when and where conditioning is needed and when it’s not.”