Pi Labs invests in energy efficient façades tracker

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Nicola Byrne

FenestraPro, a Dublin-based software company which provides applications for the design of more energy efficient building façades, has announced a €1.2m funding round.

Investors include proptech specialist fund Pi Labs, Irish state economic development agency Enterprise Ireland, and Autodesk distributor Applied Software.

Since launching in 2017, FenestraPro, which works with Autodesk’s Revit, has been used by global architectural firms such as Aecom, Gensler, and Page. The platform was used by Aecom during the design of Kuwait’s new international airport terminal.

The funding will be used to accelerate the growth of the tech company’s client base in Ireland, UK, US, and Scandinavian markets, as well as to develop a platform for façade manufacturers. The startup plans to raise further funding in the coming months.

FenestraPro 1

FenestraPro Linc is due to be released later this quarter, which will provide access to live façade component manufacturers’ data focused around their performance characteristics. Linc will enable users to select the most appropriate components based on their environmental performance credentials.

FenestraPro Founders

Simon Whelan and David Palmer, co-founders of FenestraPro

Simon Whelan of FenestraPro said the ability to feed live façade material and product information into the workflow will “ensure that architects and other building design professionals have the tools and understanding to design better performing building façades to meet their design intent, and ultimately to design better buildings”.

Dominic Wilson, managing partner at Pi Labs, added: “We are at a tipping point with cloud based software now optimising building efficiencies at scale. FenestraPro is leading this charge, and this new capital injection cements Pi Labs’ commitment to supporting innovative proptech enterprises not only in the UK, but globally.”

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