The City of Pittsburgh Tests BOSS Controls' Energy Efficiency Devices as Participants in Global City Teams Challenge

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The City of Pittsburgh, BOSS Controls, Carnegie Mellon University and other private entities joined forces and participated in an IoT project to showcase that it is possible to optimize the human experience with autonomous energy efficiency and demand response load shedding.

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What we wanted to show was that commercial spaces, like those owned by the City of Pittsburgh can achieve large and rapid energy savings by implementing plug load controls.

The City of Pittsburgh, BOSS Controls, Carnegie Mellon University and other private entities joined forces and participated in an IoT project to showcase that it is possible to optimize the human experience with autonomous energy efficiency and demand response load shedding.

The findings of the project demonstrate that plug loads account for upwards of 25% of building energy costs for the City of Pittsburgh. “What we wanted to show was that commercial spaces, like those owned by the City can achieve large and rapid energy savings by implementing plug load controls,” said Greg Puschnigg, CEO, BOSS Controls.

Puschnigg and Aftyn Giles, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh presented their project at the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) in Washington DC, June 1.

BOSS Controls installed, at no cost to the City, its smart plugs on various devices in City-owned buildings including soda and snack vending machines, copiers and printers, water coolers and water fountains, and coffee pots. The devices that had the highest usage and greatest financial benefit included soda machines and coffee pots. Key energy findings were presented during both operational periods and shutdown or unoccupied times.

“What we learned brings tremendous value to the City,” said Giles. “The City can look at a 50 percent average in savings using plug load controls year over year.” Based on the success of the program for the GCTC, Giles said that the City is interested in an additional rollout of the BOSS Smart Plugs within its buildings.

BOSS Controls and the City of Pittsburgh will leverage regional groups to propose additional rollouts in 2030 Districts such as Cleveland, Seattle, Los Angeles and with organizations like Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) and university associations.
The US Steel Tower, Black Box Corporation’s Headquarters and ABM Building Solutions LLC
also participated in the GCTC project led by the City of Pittsburgh, BOSS Controls, and Carnegie
Mellon University.

BOSS Controls LLC is a leading Internet of Things (“IoT”) energy management and controls company. BOSS designs, markets, and sells patent pending, cloud based, WiFi enabled product solutions and software. The product suite provides a seamless fully integrated virtual energy management and control system enabling reductions in building energy costs by up to 30 per cent and operational cost savings as well. The company manages the critical WiFi hardware, software, and data on its cloud based platform called “Atmospheres”. BOSS Controls, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a member of Green Building Alliance.

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