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Distech Controls

Partnership to bolster innovation throughout the building automation and energy management sector

[Brossard, QC, October 7, 2015] – Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, today announced that the company is partnering with one of Canada’s top tech hubs, Notman House. Operated by the OSMO Foundation, this historic, downtown Montreal building, provides tech startups with flexible office space that promotes networking, community building, and shared learning.

The relationship will be two-fold, with Distech Controls providing ECLYPSE™, its award-winning, IP-based building automation solution, to Notman House, and the two organizations jointly holding innovation contests focused on green building technology.

Through this strategic alliance, Notman House will truly become an Internet of Things building with the implementation of Distech Controls’ ECLYPSE™ Connected IP and Wi-Fi Product Series, and ENVYSION responsive, web-based design and visualization interface. Through this powerful connectivity, Notman House residents will be provided with leading edge environmental control, and advanced monitoring and analysis capabilities, further launching this historic building into the future.

The partners will also focus on a number of innovation-focused contests (hackathons) to provide the tech community with the opportunity to tackle specific challenges faced by the building automation and energy management industry. The first joint hackathon presented by Distech Controls, “Total ECLYPSE of the House”, is set to take place early 2016 at Notman House.

“Since its inception in 1995, Distech Controls has successfully maintained its focus on furthering innovation in the building automation and energy management sector,” said Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO, Distech Controls. “Partnering with organizations such as Notman House is a solid demonstration of this commitment, and allows us to take creativity and technology to new heights”.

“Notman House is a true representation of Montreal’s world-class innovative spirit,” said Jean-Lou Paquet, Chief Financial Officer, Distech Controls. “We are thrilled to be partnering with them so as to provide its network of inspiring technology entrepreneurs with a cutting-edge environment. We are confident that, through Distech Controls’ contribution to the vibrant ecosystem that Notman House has built, our partnership will successfully bolster innovation throughout the building automation and energy management sector,” added Paquet.

"We're thrilled to be working with Distech Controls to make the Notman House a true home of the web,” said Noah Redler, Campus Director, Notman House. “Through Distech Controls’ solution, we'll be able to literally 'ECLYPSE the house' to create web platforms and apps that will help us better manage Notman, and be a driving force that will establish Montreal as a world leader in building automation solutions. Another great example of a Quebec-based business leader building stronger ties with our startup and tech communities," added Redler.

Etienne Veilleux will be presenting at Notman House on October 14th as part of the “Founder’s Talk” series, an initiative launched by startup accelerator FounderFuel. Veilleux will be speaking to the program’s participants about his own entrepreneurial path from a small Quebec-based startup to an international leader in building automation and energy management.

CatNet SystemsAbout Distech Controls:
An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, while reducing operating costs. We deliver Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™ through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability. The company serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized Partners. Distech Controls, Inc. is a subsidiary of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. For more information visit www.distech-controls.com

About the OSMO Foundation
Founded in 2009 on the initiative of investors, technology and media managers and the web community, the OSMO Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and support the development of a new generation of technology and Internet professionals and entrepreneurs. http://notman.org/

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