DABBEL reaches 2nd place at “The Spark – The German Digital Prize”

Dabbel IA building Automation

At the German Digital Award – The Spark, the Düsseldorf start-up takes second place with its AI software for efficient building control.

On Thursday evening, our Head of Business Development Nico Hahn accepted the award for second place of the German Digital Prize, which was awarded by Handelsblatt and McKinsey for the 6th time by now. DABBEL convinced the jury with its AI software for efficient building control, which saves an average of 22% of energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions. First place went to the Munich-based start-up OroraTech, with Circunomics coming in third. The “Female Founder Award” was won by Katharina Juenger with her company TeleClinic.

“We are doing it radically simple,” says Nico Hahn, referring to the company’s own business approach. DABBEL offers a pure software solution: Within just one week, the software is implemented and can thus quickly start optimizing building control. This requires neither new sensors nor other building technology to be installed. The DABBEL AI software works completely without additional hardware in order to optimize the energy efficiency in the respective building as quickly as possible. Accordingly, there are no upfront costs and only a monthly license fee is charged.

Real estate is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases. In the EU, around 36% of CO2 emissions come from buildings. The business approach without hardware is also derived from this fact in order to be able to increase energy efficiency in the building sector as scalable as possible.

For this purpose, the AI incorporates a large number of variables such as air humidity, solar radiation or insulation coefficients into the control decisions. Building control no longer follows a predefined set of setpoints and is operated in the same ranges over long periods of time, but is dynamic and adapts to current conditions. The software is powered by a model predictive control system that makes the most efficient decisions based on future scenarios.

DABBEL thus offers building owners a cost-effective solution to transform their own real estate portfolio in the direction of Net Zero and thus comply with ESG regulations and achieve sustainability goals. This not only reduces energy costs, but also increases the value of the building thanks to increased energy efficiency. DABBEL is already implementing this for customers on 4 continents, including cooperation partner GELSENWASSER AG. There, at the company’s headquarters, the so-called “White House“, energy savings of around 35% on average have been achieved.

“We don’t have decades left. We have to act now – preferably in the next few minutes,” with these words Nico Hahn makes an urgent appeal to the real estate industry as he receives the award. The jury was convinced that DABBEL can live up to those words and make a decisive contribution with its software.