Lionstone Investments is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Austin-based smart building software company Bractlet to implement its technology at 31 office properties totaling nearly 9 million square feet, about half of its total U.S. portfolio. The unique platform identifies building performance optimizations aimed at reducing operating expenses.
Bractlet’s ability to identify opportunities to optimize capital investment and streamline costs for asset owners is tied to its analysis tools which merge building design information with operations data. Data on property usage, occupation, equipment-level energy consumption, and local weather is input into a real-time building automation system to create a “digital energy twin” of each asset. Bractlet then models the impact of building improvements and equipment options (such as energy-efficient HVAC and lighting or intelligent control systems) to help asset managers determine the ROI of specific building system upgrades.
“Lionstone is recognized in the industry for its commitment to a data-driven approach to real estate investing,” noted Lionstone’s head of portfolio management and co-head of operations Tom Paterson. “Implementing Bractlet’s technology at the portfolio-level allows us to make informed decisions that benefit our investors, conserve energy, and improve tenant comfort and productivity. In this manner, Lionstone is able to provide best-in-class management throughout the entire investment lifecycle.”
In addition to making better investment decisions, Bractlet helps building owners execute equipment and system upgrades by providing detailed project specifications, ensuring bids are in scope and priced appropriately. Bractlet’s software platform provides project support once work is completed to confirm the building and equipment are performing correctly. The automated alert system monitors building performance and energy consumption, ensuring any issues are immediately flagged and fixed.
“Historically, decisions relating to capital improvements were based on traditional engineering studies, so asset managers heavily relied on human expertise and manual assessments of the impact these improvements would have on a building’s performance,” said Alec Manfre, co-founder and chief executive officer of Bractlet. “Our virtual modeling capabilities use physics and thermodynamics to provide a holistic solution, allowing us to pinpoint areas for improvement that were previously unknown.”
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Bractlet’s software has been used to evaluate more than 80 buildings across the United States, encompassing over 25 million square feet of institutional office space. In addition to reducing an owner’s energy costs, Bractlet’s ability to reduce a building’s carbon footprint also fulfills sustainability and CSR mandates for owners and their investors and tenants.
Based in Austin, Texas, Bractlet is a leading smart building software company that analyzes office buildings holistically and provides owners with tailored, actionable solutions to enhance building performance and reduce energy use and operating costs. Leveraging building design and utilization information with real-time BAS, equipment electrical consumption and weather data, Bractlet creates a virtual model of each building it analyzes, simulating the building’s performance and energy use to help determine the ROI of capital improvements and system optimizations. Bractlet’s software has been used to evaluate more than 80 buildings encompassing over 25 million square feet of institutional office space. To date, Bractlet has raised more than $6.7 million led by ATX Venture Partners.