Johnson Controls has opened an OpenBlue Innovation Centre at its global headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
The OpenBlue Innovation Centre aims to create a future-ready built environment for both local and global customers and is part of an international network of OpenBlue Innovation Centres working to pioneer new ways to provide smart, healthy and sustainable spaces for customers.
The company’s building solutions president, Tomas Brannermo, said the centre will be used to work with customers on solutions to reach decarbonization and renewable energy goals while optimizing building performance.
The centre will be fitted with the most advanced Johnson Controls building technology solutions.
Research and development at the OpenBlue Innovation Centre will focus on the global priority to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector. The building sector accounts for nearly 40 per cent of global annual CO2 emissions, making it a key focus area in the pursuit of a net zero world.
The centre has been developed with financial support from the Irish government.
Digital solutions vice president and general manager, Eamonn Hughes, said the partnership shows how governments and industry can drive real change.
“The financial support will allow us to increase our headcount, which will contribute not only to the local economy, but also to the development of our OpenBlue net zero solutions globally to have a positive impact on climate change," Hughes said.