Using high tech to reduce energy use, specifically through machine learning software applied to HVAC systems, is not new to commercial real estate. Doing so by moving beyond timing of heating and cooling entire areas in coordination with foot traffic patterns is. Add on an interest in manipulating air currents to also improve general health in a building by flushing out airborne viruses and you have a new approach from Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs.

“Our journey began with doing research on air conditioning and reduction of power consumption while maximizing thermal comfort in buildings and offices,” principal scientist Saleh Nabi tells “If you have a big office and only part of the office is filled with people, why do you have to heat up or cool down the whole place?”

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