On the 29th of May 2015, Sustainable Building, a spin-off of RUG
s Distributed Systems research group, won the 1st prize and the Community Award at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The Pioneers Festival is Europe’
s major conference for startups that annually gathers more than 2,500 people from more than 90 countries, mostly representatives of startups, corporates, investors and media.
This year's competition for the Community Award included 150 startups involved in various fields. The voting was possible for 10 days at the Pioneers official web site and open to all. In the end, the Sustainable Buildings won with 2.130 votes, leaving the runner-up behind by 600 votes. The prize Sustainable Buildings startup got is worth 12.000 EUR and includes team
s working trip to Marocco, visual identity design and sales support.
The Sustainable Buildings initiative has as main goal to make office buildings more energy efficient and therefore sustainable. To do that, they provide a cloud-based software solution relying on advanced sensing technology. Their first prototypes are already working in the Bernouilliborg building at the Zernike campus, where energy consumption is reduced by controlling the lighting, PCs and other appliances. In the following period, they will extend their system to control heating in Heymansgebouw. Moreover, they provide advanced monitoring and displaying solution that helps facility managers to do energy optimization, as well as helping building users to become aware about their consumption, get more personalization in their working environment, and contribute to energy saving.
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