As a leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, Johnson Controls has recently announced the winners in its first ever innovation award known as OpenBlue Pioneers. Opting to celebrate the successes of those pushing towards making commercial buildings healthier for both occupants and the planet, the OpenBlue Pioneers represent players that have proven instrumental driving this mission forward through Johnson’s OpenBlue technology platform.
In recognition, the winners have each been awarded a Blueprint of the Future Industry Award which recognizes outstanding examples of visionary thinking and digital transformation.
“The recognition of our first OpenBlue Pioneers casts a spotlight on some incredible businesses and organizations demonstrating outstanding leadership in transforming buildings globally,” says Rodney Clark, vice president and chief commercial officer at Johnson Controls. “What they prove is that a concerted focus on decarbonization, electrification, efficiency and digitization can deliver net zero buildings, alongside communities that are smarter, safer, more sustainable and affordable.
“This first group of OpenBlue Pioneers will be followed by many more as the momentum for the digital transformation of the built environment accelerates. It also proves that doing the right thing can be the same as doing the sensible thing from a business perspective.”
Johnson Controls Names 5 Recipients for the First Round of OpenBlue Pioneers
The first recipients of the OpenBlue Pioneers award demonstrate global ambition across multiple sectors:
The BEEAH Headquarters, based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, features intelligent edge systems and software designed to optimize energy efficiency, the building is the first fully AI-integrated building in the Middle East.
It is equipped to be net zero and operates to LEED platinum standards with advanced facial recognition for seamless movement between spaces, frictionless access to promote the health and safety of employees, comfort control and intelligent concierge services to support day-to-day tasks.
The Chase Center, based in San Francisco, California, USA is a state-of-the-art, future focused LEED Gold certified sports and entertainment center. Partnering with Johnson Controls, the Chase Center optimizes the digital capabilities of its equipment, systems and connected technologies through Metasys building automation system, communicating data in real time and powering smart building decisions as well as reducing energy and the arena’s carbon footprint.
The Village of Patchogue
The visionary village of Patchogue, located on Long Island, New York, USA is preserving a green tomorrow for future generations with smart environmental solutions. Showcasing a future-focused mindset and a passion to preserve natural resources, improve quality of life, and protect the ecosystem, the village of Patchogue is expected to save $8.2 million in the next 25 years through Johnson Controls energy efficient upgrades to HVAC, lighting and temperature control systems.
The Powerhouse Alliance
Powerhouse Brattørkaia in Trondheim, Norway is the most net energy-positive building in the northern hemisphere, setting a new standard for buildings by focusing on environmental considerations and reducing its carbon footprint, according to Johnson Controls. The Norwegian collaboration, Powerhouse, teamed up with Johnson Controls to build a net energy-positive smart building – that is, a building that produces more energy than it consumes.
Colorado State University Pueblo
Through its visionary thinking, Colorado State University Pueblo has become greener, more independent, and more resilient. This pioneering campus is leading the industry in sustainability and energy consumption and has far exceeded three of the four greening government goals. Powered by a 23-acre solar farm with battery storage that supplies 12M kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, they are the first campus in Colorado to reach net zero electricity for all the academic facilities.
To learn more about the OpenBlue Pioneers, visit Johnson Controls’s awards page.