Killam turns to AI for HVAC energy savings

The Challenge

Killam Apartment REIT recently announced their Quinpool Tower building has gone live with Ecopilot, an Artificial Intelligence solution for real-time HVAC energy savings.

“We are committed to investing in energy initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint, as well as our ongoing utility costs,” said Brian Jessop, Vice President of Operations at Killam. “Ecopilot is an interesting tool that aligns well with our sustainability goals and we’re very excited to see how it performs.”

According to Killam, Ecopilot will act as a brain for the HVAC system at Quinpool Tower, a 11-storey, 233-unit apartment, by delivering intelligent heating control based on the building’s thermal properties, weather, and internal temperature. The group said it adopted this specific AI solution because it guaranteed HVAC energy savings of a minimum of nine per cent with a payback of just three years.

Killam has committed to integrating sustainable opportunities to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and contribute positively to operating savings. Across the company’s 17,000-unit apartment portfolio, significant investments in new technologies and sustainable initiatives  have been made.

In 2019 and 2020, Killam participated in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) program, an initiative that supports sustainability standardization in the real estate sector, validates environmental, social and governance data and aligns with international reporting frameworks.

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The Results

Killam Apartment REIT recently announced their Quinpool Tower building has gone live with Ecopilot, an Artificial Intelligence solution for real-time HVAC energy savings.

“We are committed to investing in energy initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint, as well as our ongoing utility costs,” said Brian Jessop, Vice President of Operations at Killam. “Ecopilot is an interesting tool that aligns well with our sustainability goals and we’re very excited to see how it performs.”

According to Killam, Ecopilot will act as a brain for the HVAC system at Quinpool Tower, a 11-storey, 233-unit apartment, by delivering intelligent heating control based on the building’s thermal properties, weather, and internal temperature. The group said it adopted this specific AI solution because it guaranteed HVAC energy savings of a minimum of nine per cent with a payback of just three years.

Killam has committed to integrating sustainable opportunities to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and contribute positively to operating savings. Across the company’s 17,000-unit apartment portfolio, significant investments in new technologies and sustainable initiatives  have been made.

In 2019 and 2020, Killam participated in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) program, an initiative that supports sustainability standardization in the real estate sector, validates environmental, social and governance data and aligns with international reporting frameworks.