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Long-time USGBC leader Dr. Chris Pyke Joins Aclima as Chief Strategy Officer

Aclima and USGBC to Work Together to Advance Building Performance

LOS ANGELES (October 4, 2016) — Aclima, the leader in environmental intelligence for buildings and communities, announces that Dr. Chris Pyke, former U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) VP of research, joins Aclima as Chief Strategy Officer to expand Aclima’s leadership in the environmental sensing field.

Aclima was also on hand at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo this week where it was announced that USGBC and Aclima will work together to raise awareness, educate leaders and demonstrate cutting edge technology to advance health and real-time performance in the built environment.

“USGBC and Aclima have similar goals to accelerate industry-wide transformation toward performance based green building practices,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, USGBC. “We look forward to working with Aclima to demonstrate the power of emerging environmental sensors and advanced analytics and their role in shaping green building performance.”

“We need a new level of environmental intelligence that transforms our buildings from static spaces into dynamic assets that put the occupant experience at their center. By working with USGBC we can apply real-time data to how we manage our buildings today and design buildings of the future,” said Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima. “We are thrilled that Chris is joining the Aclima team. His passion for sustainable design matches our mission to transform the way we understand and manage environmental health.”

Advances in sensors and information technology provide the foundation for this transformation. Aclima Ei for Buildings offers new, scalable capabilities to collect, analyze, and act on information about human experience and environmental conditions. USGBC’s Dynamic Plaque makes it possible to shift the focus of green building practice from discrete certification “events” to the continuous evaluation of operational performance. These advances support an industry-wide shift toward the promotion of health and well-being.  

Aclima recently deployed USGBC’s first environmental sensor network at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Aclima Ei sensor networks make the invisible visible by measuring air quality, light, temperature, humidity, noise levels, and many other environmental factors, in real-time. Fusion of these datasets unlocks the vital signs of buildings, at highly granular temporal and spatial resolutions.

In his new role, Chris will help expand the scale and impact of Aclima’s Environmental Intelligence (Ei)platform.

“We are increasingly aware of the potential for building environments to influence our health and wellness,” said Chris Pyke, Chief Strategy Officer of Aclima. “It’s this policy and application experience that I’m excited to merge with Aclima’s expertise in the technology space. Aclima gives us the tools to act, and the means to evaluate the consequences of our actions. This is what we need to make dramatic progress.”

Prior to joining Aclima, Dr. Pyke was the Chief Operating Officer for Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)  and the Vice President for Research at USGBC. In these roles, he helped lead GRESB’s global efforts to provide transparency about the sustainability of property companies and funds, directed development of information technologies, such as the Green Building Information Gateway, advanced understanding of green building and public health through the Robert Wood John Foundation-supported Green Health Partnership, and contributed to international research initiatives, including representing the United States as a contributing author for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Pyke holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary.