CHICAGO–JLL announced it has acquired Sacramento-based Hank, a virtual engineering platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that autonomously optimizes the management systems of commercial buildings to deliver increased comfort, air quality and energy savings.
Hank’s system applies machine learning and AI to solve many of the commercial real estate (CRE) industry’s largest operational challenges, including HVAC programming inconsistencies and energy and equipment performance inefficiencies. Its cloud-based platform optimizes energy efficiency, air quality, maintenance costs and tenant comfort—ultimately delivering increased net operating income (NOI) to real estate investors.
“Our vision for the future of buildings is automated, AI-powered, smart and sustainable,” said Sharad Rastogi, President at JLL Technologies (JLLT), a division of JLL. “By joining JLL, Hank’s cutting-edge technology presents a major opportunity to drive efficiencies for our clients today and best anticipate the needs of tomorrow. JLL’s acquisition of Hank represents a continued commitment to drive sustainability and embrace technology to shape the future of real estate for a better world.”
Hank was co-founded in 2016 by Zachary Denning and Jerremy Spillman, who have a wealth of experience in engineering and the sustainability space, managing teams and growing significant revenue across multiple sustainability-focused companies.
“Having worn many hats in the building management space, we uniquely understand the opportunity to drive impact through smart building technology,” said Denning, CEO of Hank. “We are thrilled to be part of JLL, which has a strong track record of applying technology, like Hank, to solve real estate’s most complex challenges. With JLL, we will have the resources to scale faster to advance healthy, sustainable buildings worldwide.”
Hank works by plugging into an existing building automation system (BAS) and developing a “digital twin” of the building in the cloud to start learning how it operates. Hank is able to generate a full systems audit of the building, detail where it can make efficiency adjustments, and action against it automatically, autonomously and remotely. Hank can be deployed in a matter of weeks and drive immediate value that spans energy savings, asset longevity, comfort scores and indoor air quality (IAQ).
Hank will operate within JLLT and Denning will serve as director of sustainability product. Hank will continue to serve existing customers, and its AI-powered technology will now be available to JLL clients to help improve tenant experience and investment returns while accelerating achievement of sustainability goals.