• Carrier CSO, Jennifer Anderson
(Pic: Carrier corporate)
    Carrier CSO, Jennifer Anderson (Pic: Carrier corporate)

Carrier Global Corporation has invested in three innovative startups in the healthy green building space.

The investments are provided through the Carrier Venture Group and have been provided to Archilogic, Butlr and Transaera.

They were selected for their next-generation technology, high-growth potential and sustainability focus, according to Carrier’s chief sustainability officer, Jennifer Anderson.

"Carrier is pleased to add three more disruptive companies to the Carrier Ventures investment portfolio that share our commitment to decarbonizing buildings and creating healthier, safer environments for the people who occupy them,” Anderson said.

"Our partnerships with Archilogic, Butlr and Transaera will help to accelerate the commercialization of next-generation technology.”

Archilogic is the holistic spatial data platform for the internet. It provides product managers and software developers with infrastructure for building scaled, spatially aware apps that let end users interact with their spaces in the way they need. Archilogic's software will be used in Carrier's Abound cloud-based digital platform to give customers a clear and accurate view of their building interiors in one easy interface.

Butlr, a venture-backed startup spun out of the MIT Media Lab in 2019, was named one of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2022. The company's award-winning people-sensing platform uses body heat and machine learning to detect occupancy, headcount and activity, and generate accurate, real-time and historical spatial insights without collecting personally identifiable information.

Butlr's thermal sensing technology will be embedded in the Abound digital platform. The combination of these cutting-edge technologies will provide building owners and operators with real-time insights to make confident decisions to improve energy efficiency while ensuring occupant wellness.

Transaera is developing a new class of affordable, energy-efficient, sustainable cooling systems. Buildings account for about 40 per cent of global energy greenhouse gas emissions, and 40 per cent of that is from HVAC.

Current air conditioners consume more energy in humid conditions, and the majority of future cooling demand is expected to come from people living in hot and humid climates. Transaera's novel desiccant technology uses a unique sponge-like material that grabs moisture from the atmosphere to enable its air conditioner to cool air more efficiently. The heat generated by the air conditioner is then used – instead of being wasted – to dry the material for the next cycle. Transaera intends to use this technology in partnership with Carrier to develop ultra-efficient climate systems.