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Automation System for Smaller Buildings Wins Funding

SCL Elements, developer of the Can2Go automation software for smaller commercial buildings, has secured $2.15 Million in Series A financing. The Westly Group led the round, with participation from Navitas Capital.

Can2Go (architecture shown, above left) says the funding will allow it to accelerate its expansion in the “huge underserved market” of light commercial and mid-market buildings.

It notes that in the last CBECS survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, buildings of less than 100,000 square feet accounted for 98 percent of commercial buildings and 65 percent of commercial floor space. But Can2Go says that only five percent of these buildings have HVAC energy management systems, and even fewer have a lighting energy management system.

The Can2Go offering includes wired and wireless controllers, and a license-free web building management system, designed to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of both HVAC and lighting systems. The company says Can2Go’s low fixed cost, flexibility and fast payback is tailor-made for the small and medium buildings segment.

Can2Go can stand alone or integrated with third party BACnet systems. It is IP compatible and supports multiple wireless protocols, as well as the Modbus and CANbus wired protocols.

The systems are already installed in retail, offices, schools, universities, factories, warehouses, heritage buildings, laboratories and government buildings in North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East, the company says.

At AutomatedBuildings.com, SCL director of communications David Lamarche recently highlighted the “absurd division” between building automation systems for HVAC and those for lighting control. Lamarche says there is a ratio of five HVAC BASs for every one lighting-focused BAS.

A Verdantix paper released last week, the Buyers’ Guide to Energy Management Software, said that system integration presents a huge problem in energy management, with companies buying up to eight different applications to meet 12 different usage scenarios.

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