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Building Clarity and SAS to bring smart building analytics coursework to NC State University’s Institute for Advanced Analytics

October 23, 2019

Cities have the opportunity to reduce energy use and carbon footprint by cracking down on inefficient buildings. Building Clarity and SAS, pioneers in smart building analytics, will offer students in NC State’s Institute for Advanced Analytics’ Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program the opportunity to learn how analyzing sensor and other data can transform old and new structures into smart, efficient buildings. Building Clarity and SAS have been selected as sponsors of the MSA practicum class of 2020. In the practicum, students will focus on applying machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to IoT data from building sensors to solve real-world problems. For instance, data from a city building revealed that one room was using a disproportionate amount of energy. A visit to the room quickly revealed that a refrigerator was placed in front of the thermostat, causing the air conditioner to run continuously. “There are incredible opportunities to drastically reduce energy use and carbon emissions and increase efficiencies.” said Bill Roberts, Director, SAS Global IoT Practice. “NC State MSA students will be working on new technologies that will disrupt the building and construction industries and open up new areas of sustainability.” The proposal from Building Clarity and SAS was one of several selected from over 60 proposals. The proposals were reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff members who weighed the scope, challenge, and learning value of the project. “We are extremely grateful to all of the sponsoring organizations for providing our students this valuable opportunity to hone their skills,” said the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa.  “The practicum is core to the MSA learning experience. It’s terrific to have our students working on challenging projects with such a diverse group of sponsors.” Building Clarity and SAS will work with MSA students over eight months. Students can integrate…

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Building Clarity picked for cleantech accelerator program

September 16, 2019

Building Clarity was recently selected to be one of seven companies picked to participate in the Joules Accelerator Catalyst Program as part of the North Carolina Cleantech Corridor initiative. Led by partners The Joules Accelerator and the Research Triangle Cleatech Cluster, the $1.5 million, three-year program is designed to increase cleantech development programs in Raleigh and Charlotte. Building Clarity will participate in both the Charlotte and Raleigh events on September 18th and 19th. Raynor Smith, P.E., Building Clarity Chief Operating Officer explains, “Building Clarity is pioneering advanced analytics in large-scale facilities. Our deep expertise in building operation, engineering and data science, combined with our patent-pending IoT technology and advanced analytics from SAS help organizations with large real estate portfolios save millions of dollars per year, while enabling teams to be more productive. It’s a game-changer. We are excited to be selected to participate in the Joules Accelerator Catalyst Program. We are looking forward to discussing our transformative technology solutions in the Cleantech and Smart Cities domains.”

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Raynor Smith, P.E. chosen to lead North Carolina State Building Commission

September 9, 2019

Raynor Smith, P.E., Chief Operation Officer, Building Clarity, has been elected by his peers to serve as the Chairman of North Carolina’s State Building Commission for the 2019-2020 term. Smith was appointed to the board by Governor Roy Cooper earlier this year and was elected to chair the board in August 2019. The board was created within the Department of Administration to develop and adopt rules and procedures to direct and guide the State’s capital facilities development, construction, and management program.  The Commission consists of nine qualified and appointed members, three members from the State Construction Office, and one representative from the Attorney General’s office. After receiving this honor, Smith commented, “I am honored to be appointed to the Commission by Governor Cooper where I will have the chance to work with so many talented and devoted design and construction professionals in our State, especially those in the State Construction Office. I am humbled to be nominated by my peers to the board chair position, where I hope to represent and serve them well.”

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Jones County School Featured on WUNC Radio

September 3, 2019

Building Clarity was proud to be part of the Jones County energy-positive school project with partner, First Floor.   This state-of-the-art school will generate all of the energy required to run the building and about 70 percent more. The project included geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, a water filtration system, and Dynamic Air Cleaners. Click here to read or listen to this article.  

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