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News: Keyframe leads $10M funding round for Logical Buildings

Keyframe recently led a $10M funding round in Logical Buildings. Logical Buildings is a sustainability, smart buildings, and virtual power plant (VPP) software and solutions provider. Below is a re-print of the press release on the investment from Business Wire’s website, which can be found here.


Logical Buildings Raises $10M for National Expansion of Virtual Power Plant Software That Reduces Carbon Emissions, Pays Consumers and Advances Energy Equity


Keyframe Capital leads venture round to bring Logical Buildings’ GridRewards™ software, which boosts real estate companies’ ESG performance and empowers consumers to earn cash payments for reducing home energy use, to millions more single family and multifamily homes across the U.S.


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Logical Buildings, the industry-leading sustainability, smart building, and virtual power plant (VPP) software and solutions provider for the built world, today announced the close of a $10 million funding round, led by Keyframe Capital. The funds will facilitate a national rollout of Logical Buildings’ VPP software, allowing real estate owners and managers to fulfill increasingly stringent Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) requirements. The GridRewards™ mobile app enables consumers to participate directly in VPPs that earn them hundreds of dollars a year in rewards, create outsized carbon footprint reductions and prevent brownouts. GridRewards seamlessly and securely integrates with utility smart meters, thermostats and energy/carbon markets, turning millions of residential and small business customers into grid-interactive, efficient consumers instantly, fundamentally improving how energy markets function.


“With investors, regulators, and the general public demanding greater ESG transparency and accountability, GridRewards is the best tool to help reduce the carbon emissions of real estate owners and managers in a measurable and sustainable way,” said Jeff Hendler, CEO at Logical Buildings. “As the first personalized energy intelligence and revenue-generating software for residential and small commercial energy users in New York and Westchester, GridRewards is an incredible new tool for owners and managers to engage their residents and tenants with software to slash carbon emissions and earn money doing it.”


In the New York City metro area, GridRewards is harnessing the new Con Edison, nearly $2 billion, electric and gas advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) hardware upgrade to create the highest payout, self-signup, energy monetization app in the country. GridRewards is available to both commercial and residential owners as well as the 3.5 million tenants in New York City.


Logical Buildings’ technology suite has been featured in the ESG reports of some of the largest real estate companies in the U.S., including AvalonBay, UDR, Mack Cali, and Jamestown, and provides residents with crucial insights into their energy use during the massive redistribution of energy usage from commercial offices to residences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


With $10 million in new funding, Logical Buildings will accelerate its national expansion, bringing GridRewards and its many benefits to major urban markets in California, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Ontario and other high-population regions. As more U.S. utilities roll out AMI, trillions of new energy usage data points per year are becoming available. Those data points comprise the backbone of future energy marketplaces and cleaner, more resilient, and more reliable electrical grids. Logical Buildings is poised to turn every building with AMI into an energy-saving, carbon-cutting participant in a VPP—a multibillion-dollar opportunity.


“As buildings continue to electrify and loads become more complex, integrating buildings into the grid will become increasingly critical and valuable for both building owners and the grid.”” said Alex Brown, Partner at Keyframe Capital. “The company, with its easy-to-implement offerings, is uniquely positioned to deliver huge value to their real estate and utility partners and materially reduce emissions in the process.”


“We’re creating scalable carbon emissions reductions by empowering millions of small energy users with accessible, personalized and gamified software to take charge of their utility bill, become more intelligent energy users and earn significant money in the process,” said David Klatt, COO at Logical Buildings. “As a U.S. Department of Energy Grid Interactive Energy Efficient Building Solutions provider and Connected Communities winner, we look forward to deploying the capital from this raise to engage residents across the Con Edison territory and beyond, including residents in lower-middle-income apartment buildings where GridRewards savings and cash payments have a larger day-to-day social impact.”


With no hardware installation required or upfront costs, Logical Buildings provides consumers with a seamless way to take control of how and when they use energy. This season, more than 98% of current GridRewards users have earned money—paid as a direct cash back that can be redeemed instantly or via check—while reducing their energy use. Users also have the option to donate their earnings from GridRewards to local organizations to further enhance decarbonization and environmental justice. For example, one GridRewards user living in a two-bedroom condominium in Brooklyn, downloaded the app last year after seeing her home energy costs rise while working from home. Using the app, she earned $200 for participating in GridRewards programs, reduced her monthly electric bill by $142 and reduced her home energy carbon emissions by 50%.


The push towards electrification is providing fuel for Logical Buildings’ products (GridRewards™ and SmartKit AITM) in every sector. AMIs and decarbonization are spreading nationally, with Boston recently announcing new carbon legislation. Every state in the northeast is either implementing or has filing plans for AMI, creating trillions of necessary data points for how energy is consumed and managed.


About Logical Buildings

Logical Buildings is an industry leading sustainability, smart building and virtual power plant software and grid-interactive efficient building solutions provider for the built world. Our revolutionary technologies are combating climate change by empowering residential, commercial, and industrial energy users to earn money, enhance building health and reduce carbon footprint, all from within user-friendly, award-winning mobile apps. Founded in 2012, the company now operates in major national urban markets, such as New York, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Jersey City, Chicago, and Miami, and more. To learn more, visit logicalbuildings.com and follow Logical Buildings on LinkedIn.


About Keyframe Capital

Keyframe is an NYC-based cross-asset investment firm. The firm’s generalist, cross-asset mandate allows it to invest across a diverse range of business models and capital structures. Keyframe looks to build long term partnerships with companies, and to leverage its flexibility to help solve their most complex asset and corporate financing requirements.

For additional information please visit https://www.keyframecapital.com/.


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