Microsoft and Acuity Brands collaborate to enable sustainable building solutions

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Market-leading industrial technology company Acuity Brands, Inc., today announced it is extending its partnership with Microsoft to add new features to Acuity Brands' smart lighting, lighting controls, and building automation solutions.

Acuity Brands has set a bold goal to replace older technologies in existing buildings with LED luminaires, lighting controls, and building management systems by the year 2030, thereby avoiding 100 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

Acuity Brands and Microsoft will work together to give end users operating a variety of facilities and buildings the ability to forecast and calculate the environmental and financial impacts that these new lighting and building management technologies deliver. This is done by combining the strength of Microsoft's Cloud for Sustainability and Microsoft Azure IoT with Acuity Brands customer solutions.

"We project that 28% of global carbon emissions are caused by building operations. We can significantly lower energy consumption from facilities by developing, deploying, and operating building systems with a focus on sustainability," according to Neil Ashe, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Acuity Brands.

The integration of fundamental technologies like Microsoft Azure IoT and AI with Acuity Brands solutions, which enables businesses to cut carbon emissions while saving money on operating expenses, is what we hope to achieve together with Microsoft.

Industry-leading lighting and lighting controls technology is offered by Acuity Brands. Compact Pro TM High Bay by Lithonia Lighting ®, the company's nLight® digital lighting controls platform, and its other lighting and lighting controls products are currently installed in 15 billion square feet of commercial real estate, including office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, and airports.

The ECLYPSE ® line of edge controllers by Distech Controls®, which automates building operations and energy management services like the Atrius® Building Manager, is also a part of Acuity Brands' smart building and energy management portfolio.

By standardizing data ingestion and analysis via Azure Digital Twins and analysis of this data via Azure's AI offering, Acuity Brands and Microsoft will work together to bring the Acuity Brands portfolio of applications to Azure. Microsoft and Acuity Brands will also look to investigate technological options that advance the current evaluation, management, and optimization of spaces.

Source: AcuityBrand Investors

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