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Arbnco labs: expanding
Proptech company arbnco, which is developing solutions to challenges in the built environment, has launched a new research and development division, arbn labs.
It comes as the Glasgow-based company opens offices in Detroit and California, and has doubled in size in the past year to 37 staff.
Of arbnco’s 19 new starters, 11 are in the labs team, significantly enhancing the company’s existing research and development capacity.
Founded in 2012, arbnco develops software solutions to transform the commercial and public sector property markets, helping to improve sustainability, reduce carbon outputs and create healthier environments. Its data-led optimisation technology is used for such things as predicting the impact of climate change on buildings.
The newly created arbn labs division will form the company’s research and development arm, building on its existing partnerships with academia and industry.
Working with leading academic institutions including the world-renowned Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde, and the Energy and Efficiency Institute at the University of California, Davis, the labs team will develop software solutions for commercial purposes. These will be tested via pilot projects in commercial environments, with industry partners such as Nuveen Real Estate.
The projects under way at arbn labs have been funded by organisations including Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and The Data Lab. These include closing the energy performance gap – the difference between the predicted energy efficiency levels of a building, and how it actually performs.
The arbn labs team will be headed up by Alan Wegienka, who has served as chief technology officer at arbnco since the company’s inception. He said: “At the heart of arbn labs is an ambition to bring together the world’s best minds to tackle global energy problems. We act as a bridge between innovative academic research and commercial, real-world practice.
“This ability to leverage emerging research and deploy it effectively can dramatically transform the built environment, as we all strive to reduce carbon emissions and make the world a more sustainable place. Our labs team has been strengthened significantly by the cumulative expertise of our new colleagues, and we look forward to the milestones that will be reached with them on board.”