Lucid and Acuity Brands Align to Deliver on the Promise of Smart Buildings

February 12, 2018

By Will Coleman

Today we announced that Lucid will become part of Acuity Brands, Inc. Acuity is a world-leading provider of intelligent lighting, building automation systems, and IoT solutions with a focus on reducing energy consumption while redefining how people work, live and play within an indoor or outdoor space. Our long standing mission at Lucid has been to provide building owners, operators, and users with the tools and insights to improve the operations and performance of their buildings. Together with Acuity, we see the opportunity to expand each other’s reach, capabilities, and applications to power the transition to truly connected, intelligent, and responsive buildings.

What does this mean for Lucid and it’s customers? Great things. Since its founding 13 years ago, Lucid has advanced the ability for building owners, managers, and occupants to find powerful insights into the resources being consumed by their buildings. For over 500+ customers, across 15,000 buildings and 1.5 billion square feet of space, we now manage more commercial square footage than all the office space in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Boston combined. We started with energy and have reduced energy consumption by as much as 50% for some customers, removing millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere, and helping companies and organizations gain better control of energy costs. Over the years we have gone well beyond energy to connect the data streams inside buildings that matter most to owners and occupiers. Our BuildingOS platform now integrates with over 180 different building data systems from sub-meters to modern sensor networks and from utility data to facility management solutions.

We have found that our customers are asking deeper and more sophisticated questions of their building data. Most start with just wanting to get a handle on expenses, anomalies or trends, but many are seeking now to integrate broader data sets and IoT sensor networks, and using this data to uncover insights about both building performance and the business, activities, and people that rely on buildings. This is why we are so excited to be joining with Acuity Technology Group and the advanced sensor network and control capabilities they provide.

Acuity’s innovative digital lighting-based sensory networks and Atrius software platform, combined with the intelligence and power of BuildingOS will unlock new levels of insight and value for building operators, owners, and occupants. Acuity’s global footprint and channels will help bring BuildingOS to a greater number of buildings around the world. Lucid’s customer base and relationships will help uncover opportunities for advanced lighting and sensor solutions. Together we will open new applications to the market. The result will be better, more efficient buildings for millions of people.

This is an exciting time in the industry, and in the Lucid journey. We look forward to the future as part of Acuity Brands and the ability it will give us to deliver more broadly on our customer’s needs. The synergies between technologies, mission, and focus will make both organizations more effective, expand the reach of our innovative platform, and accelerate the growth of the platform and organization that we have spent so many years building together.

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Will Coleman

Will has been involved in the building technology industry for over a decade as an investor and entrepreneur. He was a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and founded Onramp Capital. Will has worked with companies including Honest Buildings, Phylagen, Academic Partners, and GE. He has been a leader in clean technology innovation testifying multiple times before the U.S. Senate and Congress. At Lucid Will sees the opportunity to transform an age-old industry with technology. Will is on the advisory boards of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute, and the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society. Will holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard University, an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and an MS in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley.