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75F Announces New Siemens AG Investment, Bringing Total Funding to $28M

Siemens Smart Infrastructure | July 19, 2021

75F, the global leader in IoT-based building automation technologies for optimizing indoor air quality and energy efficiency in commercial spaces, announced today that Siemens AG had invested. Siemens Smart Infrastructure was represented in the investment by Next47, a global venture capital firm backed by Siemens. The newest round of funding for 75F's Series A round takes the company's total capital to $28 million. Next47 joins a notable group of investors backed by 75F, including Bill Gates's Breakthrough Energy, OGCI Climate Investments, and WIND Ventures.

75F's vertically integrated, full-stack solution includes proprietary hardware and software that works right away to improve comfort and indoor air quality while reducing building energy consumption. The system uses built-in artificial intelligence to create a digital twin of any commercial building, using data from a wireless sensor network and third-party weather forecasts to predictably and proactively redirecting air where it is most needed. Every day, each customer building analyzes and makes hundreds of thousands of individual decisions based on over a million data points. As a result, the system is the market's first IoT-native solution, a differentiator that leads to more connected, intuitive, efficient, and cost-effective building operations.

About 75F
75F develops and produces the world's top IoT-based Building Management System, an out-of-the-box, vertically integrated system which is less affordable and easier to deploy than anything else on the market today. The company uses IoT, Cloud Computing, and Machine Learning to provide data-driven, proactive building intelligence and HVAC and lighting optimization controls. Some of the greatest names in energy and technology are among the investors. 75F's goal is to increase occupant productivity by improving comfort and indoor air quality while saving energy and the environment.

About Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is reshaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for the present and future. It connects energy systems, buildings, and industries to solve the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change. SI offers clients a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source, including products, systems, solutions, and services from power generation to consumption. An increasingly digitalized ecosystem helps customers thrive and communities develop while also contributing to environmental protection. SI creates caring environments. The global headquarters of Siemens Smart Infrastructure is in Zug, Switzerland. The company has about 69,600 employees worldwide as of September 30, 2020.

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Construction Site Preparation Equipment Market to hit US$ 1.6 bn by 2028, Says GMI

GMI | March 22, 2022

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Tenna Introduces NEW Construction Resource Management Product Suite

Tenna | March 17, 2022

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Hoffmann Green Signs a Major Distribution Contract With BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies | May 23, 2022

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies an industrial player committed to decarbonizing the construction sector that designs and distributes innovative clinker-free cement, announces the signing of a partnership with Bouygues Immobilier, a key real-estate developer on the French market for over 60 years. Within the framework of the collaboration between the two entities, the Hoffmann Green and Bouygues Immobilier teams have been able, over the last 12 months, to undertake specific technical trials with Hoffmann cement. The clinker-free decarbonized cement was able to be tested on several Bouygues Immobilier construction sites: SKYLINE: a 4-star business tourism residence with 127 rooms including 20 suites, in the heart of Angers. LES MARQUISES: a mixed project comprising over 100 homes, apartments and houses, in Nantes city center. K2: a residence comprising 294 homes, common areas and ground-floor activity facilities for students in Angers. LE CLOS SAINT-FRANCOIS: a mixed housing project comprising 118 apartments and 12 houses located in the heart of the former Sœurs de Saint-François d’Assises site in Saint-Philibert de Grand Lieu. As well as reducing CO2 emissions by 80%, feedback from these trials highlighted that the technical and implementation quality of decarbonized concrete notably during the pouring is identical to that of traditional concrete. Following these tests that have proved more than conclusive, the two companies have decided to accelerate their collaboration through the signing of a partnership contract with volume commitments that includes Hoffmann’s entire cement range: H-EVA, H-UKR and H-IONA. Hoffmann Green will supply its 0% Clinker decarbonised concrete to Bouygues Immobilier as of this year for the realisation of a number of large-scale construction projects throughout France. “We are very proud to sign a partnership deal with a group as emblematic as Bouygues Immobilier. It perfectly illustrates the necessary paradigm shift that is currently affecting the construction industry. Sharing a common desire to decarbonize the building sector, this first contract is the fruition of months of work between our teams and marks the beginning of lasting commercial collaboration that will lead to the construction of homes and infrastructures combining technical, esthetic and environmental performances”. Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies Bernard Mounier, Chairman of Bouygues Immobilier, added: “This partnership is strategic for Bouygues Immobilier, as it today allows us to incorporate this clinker-free decarbonized concrete into our projects, just like wood and combined solutions, with the stated goal of significantly reducing our environmental footprint across our buildings’ entire life cycle. This represents not just a necessity, but also a clear desire to promote these ever more responsible solutions”. ABOUT HOFFMANN GREEN CEMENT TECHNOLOGIES Founded in 2014 and based in Bournezeau (Vendée, Western France), Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies designs, produces and distributes innovative extremely low-carbon cements – with a carbon footprint 6 times lower than traditional cement – that present, at equivalent dosage and with no alteration to the concrete manufacturing process, superior performances than traditional cement. With one 4.0 industrial sites already operational and two new sites on the way, the Group has industrialized a genuine technological breakthrough based on alterations to cement’s composition and the creation of a clean, heating-free and clinker-free manufacturing process making it a leading and unique player on a cement market that has not undergone any significant changes in the last 200 years. Within the context of the climate emergency, Hoffmann Green Cement is thus actively participating in the energy transition by working to create eco-responsible buildings and by encouraging the circular economy and the preservation of natural resources. Thanks to its unrivaled technological know-how that is constantly improving, driven by effective and cutting-edge teams, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies addresses all construction sector markets, both in France and abroad. ABOUT BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER Bouygues Immobilier, an urban developer-operator and a key player on the French market for over 60 years, is present on the entire real-estate development value chain from property development to urban planning and operation. It designs living spaces that reflect the needs of users at every level and listens to its clients and communities to design useful, people-centric and sustainable places to live. The Company provides places to live, work and meet up. Committed to limiting its negative impact on the environment and maximizing its positive impact, the Company’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 and to design 25% of its projects with positive biodiversity by 2025.

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LandSouth Breaks Ground On Wildwood Apartments

LandSouth Construction | March 24, 2022

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The global competitive landscape for manufacturing is squeezing everyone-from the Tier 1 automotive companies to electronics goods manufacturers. It is shortening the required time to market and with little warning. This high-pressure environment requires high productivity from its players resulting in either doing things faster and leaner without compromising quality or giving the game away to a hungrier competitor who is willing to do whatever it takes.

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