DLR Group Uses Atrius Solutions to Create Smarter, Healthier Spaces by Increasing Transparency, Accountability in Building Performance Data

The agreement between DLR Group and Atrius provides organizations better visibility into energy consumption, carbon emissions, and indoor environmental quality. Together, we aim to further advance the industry goal of creating smarter, safer, and greener spaces through transparency and accountability into building performance. 

Chicago, IL: November 8, 2021 -- The SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic is emphasizing and amplifying the need for transparency and accountability in building performance data. Gathering, analyzing, and gaining actionable intelligence from building performance data is critical. That is why making indoor spaces smarter, safer, and greener begins with data.

DLR Group is working with Atrius to provide a robust backbone for the Intelligent Air Quality analytics platform's energy component, sonrai IAQ™ by DLR Group. Now sonrai IAQ clients can easily benchmark energy effectiveness, validate utility expenses, and assess resource usage in the context of maintaining safe, comfortable, and high-performing indoor environments. The resulting actionable intelligence proactively informs and automates optimal system performance, balancing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and indoor environmental quality.

sonrai IAQ™ hosts the largest database of 3rd party verified real-time Air Quality data in the world, including:

  • The most RESET Air Certified square footage in North America
  • The first RESET Air Certified project in the United States at the Chicago Merchandise Mart (2016)
  • The largest commercial office building in the world to achieve RESET Air Certification (Chicago's Sterling Bay's One Two PRU)

"Now that sonrai IAQ™ has been established as a global best-in-class air quality analytics platform, the natural next step was to partner with a best-in-class energy management solution. Atrius® Building Insights is a powerful energy management platform which is trusted by the world’s leading enterprise organizations to manage resource use and carbon emissions," shared DLR Group Principal and Smart Buildings Leader Ruairi Barnwell. 

DLR Group is reaping immediate benefits from the partnership. Their Healthy Spaces initiative, an internal R&D exercise launched in 2016 to comply with the RESET Air Standard, monitors and discloses indoor air quality performance for each DLR Group office. While a large part of this dataset was subsequently donated to the Harvard School of Public Health's CogFX study, over 1,300 employees across 32 offices still have access to real-time and historical air quality metrics via the sonrai IAQ platform. Barnwell added, "Integrating Atrius to the sonrai eco-system now allows us to provide context around the energy consumption and carbon emissions that support these healthy indoor environments across our portfolio and for all of our sonrai IAQ clients."

Other early successes for sonrai IAQ with the integrated energy consumption and carbon emissions context module include buildings at 311 West Monroe Street, 600 West Chicago Avenue, and 333 North Green Street, part of the Sterling Bay portfolio in Chicago, IL.

"Our collaboration with DLR Group is the first step in providing organizations better access to data around their indoor air quality. Over time, we expect building operators to demand and require increasingly better access to energy and performance data, as a critical component of making our built environment smarter, safer, and greener,” shared Andrew Blauvelt, Vice President at Atrius.

As organizations, and the indoor spaces from which they operate, become more complex, a one-size-fits-all approach to facility management and occupant experiences becomes less sustainable. Atrius intentionally designed our suite of solutions to deliver greater operability and compatibility with existing infrastructure. With Atrius Building Insights, teams can capture and analyze disparate data flows in real-time, bringing once static data to life. 

About DLR Group

DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment.

About Atrius 

Atrius is part of the Intelligent Spaces Group within Acuity Brands, a market-leading industrial technology company. Our suite of products and solutions control thousands of buildings, interact with millions of people, and manage billions of square feet of real estate around the world every single day. We deliver solutions that optimize building performance, streamline enterprise operations, and enhance how people interact with spaces. Together, we are on a mission to make the built environment smarter, safer, and greener. 


Media Contact

Neil Egan, Neil.Egan@acuitybrands.com



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