SCC signs with BrainBox
MONTREAL – BrainBox AI, a pioneer in autonomous artificial intelligence for the commercial real estate sector, has installed its technology in 214 stores operated by Sleep Country Canada Holdings (SCC), this country’s largest specialty sleep retailer, which represents close to 80% of its total footprint and 1.1 million square feet of retail space.
The agreement with BrainBox AI aligns with Sleep Country’s goal to be net zero by 2040, laid out in its inaugural ESG report released earlier this year.
In a statement, BrainBox AI said its technology is well-suited to help multi-site retailers like Sleep Country with their environmental goals using predictive and self-adapting autonomous AI to optimize the largest energy hogs in buildings – HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. The rapidly deployed technology produces significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon footprint, while increasing occupant comfort and HVAC equipment service life.
“We are thrilled to partner with BrainBox AI in our efforts to become net zero by 2040 and, more broadly, play our part in battling our planet’s climate crisis,” SCC president and chief executive officer Stewart Schaefer said. “Sleep Country is committed to making a positive impact on both our customers, partners and the world through our corporate ESG initiatives, and the implementation of this ground-breaking AI technology will help us achieve our near and long-term sustainability goals.”
Preceding the rollout across Sleep Country’s real estate portfolio, BrainBox AI completed a four-store pilot project, designed to explore the energy and GHG emission reductions the technology could offer the retailer. With the pilot covering approximately 20,000 square feet of store space and rooftop unit-based HVAC systems, Sleep Country saw an annualized 15% reduction in electricity use from its HVAC equipment, a 19% reduction in HVAC gas consumption, and a 15 tCO2 reduction in carbon equivalency.
The replication of these results across the 214 locations will provide Sleep Country with significant utility savings and a yearly CO2 emissions equivalent to the emissions of close to four million kilometres driven by the average car.
“At BrainBox AI, we are passionate about working to make buildings smarter, greener, and more efficient. The opportunity to install our technology throughout the retail footprint of one of Canada’s top multi-site retailers is truly exciting for our team,” said BrainBox AI chief technology officer and co-founder Jean-Simon Venne.
“As a Canadian company ourselves, helping reduce the carbon footprint in our home market is important to us. But climate change is a global issue, and we look forward to working with major brands around the world to help them achieve their environmental and energy goals,” he added.
BrainBox AI’s solution empowers commercial and retail space owners to dramatically reduce their buildings’ energy spend and carbon emissions, moving them closer to achieving their net-zero carbon goals.