On October 2, 2019, in celebration of National Energy Efficiency Day, EcoPilot Canada released the impressive year-one energy savings results on behalf of Crombie REIT’s Cogswell Tower, which saw the building drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In August of 2018, Cogswell Tower became the first commercial building in North America to integrate and control their building management system using the Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) technology, Ecopilot®. “A.I. is a big step to a smarter building and we’re thrilled that EcoPilot Canada is helping to make a major impact in our environmental stewardship,” says Dan Bourque, Crombie’s Director of Operations, Atlantic.
After just one year of Ecopilot® operation, Cogswell Tower has reported combined HVAC energy savings of 26.54%, cost savings of 24.29%, estimated ROI of 1.96 years, and marked improvements in tenant comfort – a priority for Ecopilot® and Cogswell Tower management. Crombie REIT committed to making sustainability a part of everyday operations and are leading the initiative to adopt smart solutions for carbon reduction. In just one year with Ecopilot®, Cogswell Tower has reduced consumption by 1,248,478 eKWh. This reduction is equivalent to 883 tonnes of CO2 or 187 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
In Canada alone, buildings contribute about 30 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Our technology can play a crucial role in significantly reducing a property’s energy consumption and carbon footprint,” says Dean Shea, President of EcoPilot Canada / USA. “We’re excited to support Crombie REIT in their sustainability goal,” adds Shea.
EcoPilot Canada will award the Cogswell Tower building with the 2019 CARBON CRUSADER Award, which acknowledges a company’s contribution to greenhouse gas emission reduction and crowns them this year’s CLIMATE CHANGE WARRIOR. The award was presented at BOMA Nova Scotia’s Annual Market Update Lunch that took place on October 24, 2019 in Halifax, NS.