Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Shift Energy, EllisDon to support energy efficiency at healthcare facilities

Iain Morris
November 4, 2014

IoT player Shift Energy has teamed up with constructions services company EllisDon to develop what they describe as an energy optimization system (EOS) aimed at Canadian and international healthcare facilities.

The EOS uses a combination of smart algorithms, cloud computing and IoT technologies to make buildings operate more efficiently and cut down on energy costs.

Shift Energy (St John, NB, Canada) says the EOS typically delivers annual savings on energy expenses of between 20% and 35%.

The technology has already been launched at major events facilities such as Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, where it led to annual savings of 20% and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Shift and EllisDon (Mississauga, Canada) are now working with Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) to pilot a healthcare deployment of the technology.

EllisDon will contribute to the partnership by providing infrastructure engineering services while Shift supplies the EOS software.

“Partnering with Shift Energy has been a timely strategic decision for EllisDon as we continue to grow our range of services in design, installation and life-cycle management of intelligent buildings,” said Robert Barnes, the director of managed services for EllisDon. “Shift’s expertise in innovative energy management solutions and our experience in
delivering high performance projects mean more cost effective and timely installations for our customers.”

UHN says it was encouraged to get involved in the project because “environmental stewardship” remains one of its key objectives.

“We’re excited about potential of the EOS to help us meet and exceed our sustainability targets, as well as working with Shift Energy and EllisDon in the development of a new innovation with potentially game-changing impacts on energy efficiency and environmental footprint,” said Ed Rubinstein, the manager of energy and environment at UHN.
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