At Flying Saucer, our mission is to work with businesses who are searching for creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. We recently attended Web Summit with the goal of interacting with more impact brands, and while we met numerous incredible, passionate teams, we did a roundup of the absolute 10 coolest startups we met while there. This article is part of a series showcasing these individual startups and what they’re doing to positively impact the world - be sure to check out the others and subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news on everything impact!
Sustainability - it’s a buzz word in today’s political and social landscape, but where did all of this hullabaloo start? There are some staggering statistics out there about all kinds of sustainability, but the ones we want to focus on involve buildings. Did you know that buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of the world’s energy consumption? Mind boggling - and the founders of Climy thought so too. And, given today’s shift in focus towards sustainability and saving the planet, it’s something we need to tackle.
Now. But how?
With Climy, long gone are the days when you had to suffer through a working day full of stuffy office air and bone-chilling temperatures. Not only is that totally not energy-efficient, but it’s damaging to the morale of the entire office. Seeing as we spend close to 90% of our time in buildings, this is a huge deal — for all of us.
From a business perspective, fighting over the thermostat has been shown to add up to an astonishing 2% of total work time, which translates to $13 billion in annual losses. Oh wait, that stat is from the UK, so that number is in GBP — that’s just shy of $17 billion dollars spent engaging in thermostat warfare people!
With human-centered artificial intelligence, Climy is completely altering the landscape of how workplace buildings can cater to their employees, all while improving their own efficiency and bottom-line. It encourages employers and building owners to willingly and actively reduce their energy consumption, while also providing a surprising amount of equality in the workplace. How does building temperature factor into equality? We wondered that too! We were really glad to have Dima Prisikar, CEO of Climy on hand to answer just that question:
“On average, women are more sensitive to office temperature and are actually more comfortable —and effective— at a temperature up to three degrees higher than that which is considered normal in an office today. There are all sorts of reasons for this, from body structure differences to the variability in clothing. Guys wardrobe tends not to vary much, but women vary their wardrobe a lot, even within seasons. But it is not only gender-based equality that we improve. With age, our body sensitivity changes, so older employees usually need a warmer environment, for example.”
So, wait a minute. Climy is good for the environment, good for your business, and good for your employees? It’s a win across the board. But what allows Climy to have such an impact?
How does the Climy app work?
The human-centered AI that powers their app uses algorithms that Climy has created allow their application to completely integrate with a building’s energy processes. We’re talking a fully-automated system that learns the preferences of the people who work within in — and it’s totally gamified, too! So, for those of you out there who don’t think it’s fun to save the Earth, Climy’s got you covered.
Unlike other building maintenance systems, Climy doesn’t require the placement of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors which can be quite the investment — it uses sensors that are already installed in the building. It also integrates with the Building Management System (BMS) that is already in place in your building. That’s not to say they won’t have your back if important parts of your BMS are missing, or if your BMS is too old and won’t adjust temperatures on a room by room basis - they’ve got a solution for that too. But — that’s just the physical, technical stuff. Let’s talk about what makes Climy really special!
It’s one thing to make a building more energy efficient and save on energy costs — but if you’re doing it at the expense of employee comfort, are you really winning? Climy’s technology is human-centred, which means that in addition to the data from the sensors within the building, the weather forecast, carbon emissions and energy emissions, Climy is collecting data from the people in the building. The people who are affected most by the environment that’s being monitored.
But how do they make sure that people in the building are providing data to the app? They turned it into a game. Employees can receive rewards and badges for hitting various achievement points — and brag to their friends and coworkers by sharing them on social media. Not to mention that changes in temperature become a democratic process via the app — if a coworker is too hot and wants to turn it down they propose a change in the app and several of their colleagues have to agree for it to happen. No more of that one person — we know the one — taking control of the thermostat and making everyone else's life miserable.
The algorithms work to make sense of the occupants’ physical and mental wellness while simultaneously optimizing energy consumption. It can even recommend which desk to take, should they, for example, share a large open space planning office. If there are not that many rooms, by design, Climy still knows your preferences for comfort, and can recommend you take a desk closer to a heater if you tend to run on the cool side.
Climy’s app also allows each person in the building to visualize their own specific carbon emissions savings meters to see how they’re doing. Gamifying social consciousness is the way of the future, and if you don’t think so —then you haven’t tried Climy yet!
Individual design geared towards a global effort
One-size fits all solutions rarely hit their intended mark, and we think this has never been more true than in the case of building optimization. Mr. Prisikar agrees:
“Every single person is an individual. Every person has a very unique body, and their own perception of their environment. Both of those things affect our personality and how we interact with others at work. Our bodies feel differently and our ideas for our ideal sensations, such as temperature, vary from person to person.”
This was a huge part of the investigative research that went on behind the scenes and into the latest version of Climy.
“What we’re doing is actually quite different than most of our competitors. Many automation technologies usually see human elements like this as a liability.”
Wait, what? Isn’t that insane!? We’re glad that Climy’s paving the way for technology that puts humans at their center of focus.
Catering to individuals while keeping the focus on a global effort to reduce energy consumption is, at the core of it all, what Climy’s all about. This kind of revolutionary personalization and aim to keep humans at the center of emissions reduction, is surely going to pave the way for more individualized climate control options in the future. But, Climy did it first! Or, at least close to first.
Eager to learn more? We don’t blame you. Everything they’re doing is pretty cutting-edge. Head over to their website to check out all of the great things the Climy is doing to keep workplaces sustainable.