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American University Premiers German Smart Building Technology on Its Campus

Washington, December 20, 2017 – AU achieves 36% energy savings at the McKinley building in the first year of operations with MeteoViva smart data technology

American University (AU) has piloted the state-of-the-art energy efficiency technology from MeteoViva at its already LEED Gold-certified McKinley Building, reducing energy costs by 36% and CO2 emissions by 42% in the first year of operation. AU decided to team up with the German company to implement the smart technology for the first time ever in the United States. The MeteoViva technology uses weather forecast data to control heating ventilation and air conditioning. AU’s long-time partner, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), has supported the project with technical assistance and financial incentives and also verified the results.

The university’s McKinley Building is not only home to the School of Communications, but is also the second oldest building on Campus. Constructed in 1907, the building underwent a major renovation in 2014 resulting in a LEED-Gold certification and, more recently, implemented the MeteoViva technology. “We are very happy about the energy cost reductions and CO2 savings. Investing in MeteoViva, with help from the DCSEU, was a great decision as it brings us closer to achieving our sustainability goals,” said Juan Allen, Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Manager at AU. After just one year of operation, the results tell a compelling story: Not only is a 36% reduction in energy costs considerable, the project also paid for itself in only a few months. On top of that, the faculty has reported an improved indoor climate and a more comfortable atmosphere.

“American University has proven to be an ideal partner in demonstrating the technology in a US environment. The impressive track record started in Germany is now gaining visibility in the North America, and MeteoViva Climate is proving to be one of the most promising smart data technology disrupting the market”, said Jean-Marie Bergeal, CEO of the US subsidiary of MeteoViva. MeteoViva Climate is a smart data technology using predictive analytics to provide control strategies for building automation systems, and reduce costs, emissions, and improve indoor climate. It uses a model of the building along with the weather forecast and energy prices to optimize the use of the equipment. Easy to install and compatible with all existing building management systems, the technology commonly achieves savings in excess of 15% and generally offers short payback time.

The technology has already been very successful at multiple prestigious buildings in Germany, such as the European Central Bank and the BMW headquarters. During the implementation process, AU reached out to the DCSEU so its engineers could verify the results of the project and offer a financial incentive based on the energy savings. “The DCSEU seeks to stay at the pulse of energy efficiency innovation and we are happy that American University has taken this pioneering step to give an innovative technology like MeteoViva a chance,” says Ted Trabue, the DCSEU’s Managing Director. Over the past six years, the DCSEU’s work with AU throughout multiple projects on campus has resulted in more than $760,000 of energy cost savings and prevented the emission of almost 10 million tons of CO2 – that’s the equivalent of the carbon emitted by powering 490 homes for one year.

The joint effort between the three partners becomes especially relevant as not only are buildings responsible for 40% of national carbon emissions, but for many universities, energy expenses represent the second largest spending category, right after personnel. Ramping up energy efficiency can help in other ways, such as slowing down tuition increases and creating ways to fund new educational programs. Comforted by the solid first year results at the McKinley building, AU has now decided to continue the use of MeteoViva Climate at the McKinley building and is currently in the process of extending it to a second building, which houses the School of International Studies.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jean-Marie Bergeal, CEO of MeteoViva Inc., 646-535-1615, jean-marie.bergeal(at)meteoviva(dot)com
Ruby Tavernier, Utilities Outreach Program Leader, 202-885-3743, rubyt(at)american(dot)edu
Lee Beck, PR Project Manager at the DCSEU, 202 515 1062,

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