Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — November 3, 2014

Rudin Management Di-BOSS building control system wins Business Council award

Rudin Management
John Gilbert of Rudin Management Company, Inc. shows how the DiBoss system analyses real-time data from the company's office building at 345 Park Ave. in Manhattan to maintain efficient use of energy in the building.

ALBANY—Rudin Management Company, Inc. was awarded The Business Council of New York State's Environmental Committee Chairman's Award for its Digital Building Operating System (Di-BOSS) which uses data such as building occupancy, outside weather and other factors to maintain optimal indoor temperatures and the most efficient use of energy.

Rudin Management Company, Inc. partnered with Selex ES and Columbia University to create Di-BOSS. The system has saved the company millions of dollars by reducing year-over-year electrical consumption by as much as 10 percent while office temperature complaints have been reduced by more than 30 percent.

“It's a brain for buildings. It remembers, it learns, it tells us what's going to happen based on data and prescribes a pathway for the most efficient building environment, while saving energy and reducing costs,” said John Gilbert of Rudin Management Company, Inc. “Turnstiles in the lobby that measure building occupancy literally talk to heating and cooling systems in the building so we can distribute chilled or heated air to areas of the building where it is needed,” said Gilbert.

Attendees at The Business Council's Annual Environment Conference participated in presentations of four finalist projects and selected DiBoss as the overall winner.

The other three finalists were presented by Business Council members Cornell University, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and ReEnergy Holdings.

All of the applications were evaluated on their strength in the following specific areas: results, transferability/scalability, environmental impact, resource conservation impact, economic progress, and innovation/uniqueness.

“The Environmental Committee Chairman's Award is part of our effort to highlight the ways that members of The Business Council are conserving resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and developing innovative approaches to environmental challenges,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council.

The other nominated finalists' projects were:

Cornell University—Minimizing Energy Consumption with Novel High-Efficiency Growth Chambers:

Universities and private labs rely on tens of thousands of environmental growth chambers to conduct precision plant science experiments. Current chambers are expensive and energy-intensive. Growth chambers across Cornell University consume over two million dollars a year in electricity, and modern growth chambers can cost anywhere from $45,000 to $190,000 apiece. A team at the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station have designed and built a prototype chamber that is durable, inexpensive and extremely efficient.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority—Wetland Treatment of Glycol Contaminated Storm Water:

Buffalo Niagara International Airport is using an environmentally friendly process to collect and treat the propylene glycol used for deicing aircraft. An improved storm water collection system captures concentrated deicing flows from airport gates, and pumps it to a wetland treatment system. Though the treatment system utilizes natural wetland processes, the treatment actually occurs within aerated gravel beds topped with mulch and plantings. The tops of the beds remain dry and appear simply as a mowed and maintained field. The glycol is broken down within three days as it travels through the engineered wetland treatment system. The system has been in operation since the 2009/2010 deicing season and has reduced concentrations by more than 85 percent.

ReEnergy Holdings—ReEnergy Black River: 

The 60-megawatt ReEnergy Black River facility is located at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum installation near Watertown. Before it was idled in early 2010 by its former owner, the facility burned coal to produce electricity. ReEnergy acquired the facility in 2011 and invested more than $34 million to convert the facility to use biomass as its primary fuel, creating new jobs and a new renewable energy source for the North Country region. The facility commenced operations in May, 2013. As a result of the retrofit, air emissions in many important categories have been reduced. In addition, with the installation of a cooling tower on the facility site, the use of water from the Black River and discharge of hot water back into the river have been dramatically reduced.

Sponsors of The Business Council's Annual Environment Conference include the American Chemistry Council; D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.; GlobalFoundries; Groundwater Sciences Corporation;; Harris Beach, PLLC; Hiscock & Barclay; International Paper; VHB; Waste Management; and Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP.

The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
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The mission of The Business Council is to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State.