“Does that put them out of business? No, I think what it does is, whether it's fault detection or analytics or district management or energy audits, is allow them to let go of the 80% of work that's just weighing them down and focus on the 20% of work where all their value is, which means they get to put five times more effort into the high value part of their business.”
—Troy Harvey, CEO, Passive Logic
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Episode 5 is a conversation with Troy Harvey, CEO of autonomous buildings startup Passive Logic. Troy taught me a ton in this episode!
We talk about how the hell we got here… to this point where building technology is 20 to 30 years behind the tech we're carrying around in our pockets.
We talk about the limitations of modern building automation systems, and what it means for a building to be fully autonomous, why that’s needed, and how Passive Logic is doing it.
We talk about what full autonomy means for all of the service providers in our industry.
Oh and digital twins. Deep digital twins.
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Mentions and Links
Levels of Autonomy (14:44)
Deep Digital Twins (23:15)
Control Trends demos (25:46)
Linux Kernel (56:25)
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Here’s this week’s deep dive outline:
Intro to Passive Logic
Why technology in buildings is decades behind
What’s possible with today’s technology once we replace the old foundation?
Across the whole industry, what tasks would be at least partially obsolete?
BAS/BMS: Designing a system, writing sequences, Distribution / Parts list / Product requisition, installation, programming
Dedicated demand response / grid-interaction controls
What about all of those jobs?
What about buildings that don’t need the foundation replaced?
How can we automate small buildings?
Is Passive Logic the iPhone for buildings?