Bethlehem, PA: On August 19th, 2021 The U.S. Department of Energy named Team F.G.S a winner of phase 1 in the The American-Made Buildings Prize (E-ROBOT). The award recognizes their improved modeling and planning software coupled with an innovative robotic platform allowing for minimally invasive and cost effective retrofits across all types of existing buildings.
“The E-ROBOT competition has enabled FLX Solutions to work with industry leaders, Gensler and Skyline Capital Builders, to develop an innovative building envelope retrofit solution for the FLX BOT. Their expertise in construction and building science has been invaluable to the development of the FLX BOT and its applications in the construction space. Winning the Phase 1 of the E-ROBOT prize has further validated our team and our solution. We’re excited to continue working together towards a successful Phase 2 submission and commercialization.”
- Matt Bilsky, CEO & Founder, FLX Solutions
About Team F.G.S: Team F.G.S. is a partnership between FLX Solutions, the company behind the innovative FLX BOT robot, Gensler; the largest architecture firm in the US, and Skyline Capital Builders; Construction professionals with extensive backgrounds in large-scale projects. Together they created a new and holistic solution to inspect, map, and perform surgical robotic retrofits of building envelopes.
“We are thrilled to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy E-ROBOT initiative and to continue innovating alongside our robotics and construction partners towards the goal of a more resilient world. ‘Reuse’ is a pillar of sustainability and an important part of Gensler’s pledge to eliminate greenhouse gases associated with our portfolio. An ambitious benchmark that can only be met when our industry comes together around state-of-the-art tools that identify and realize a building’s greatest energy potential.”
- David Bradshaw, Associate | Project Architect, Gensler
About the E*Robot Prize: The American-Made Buildings Prize: Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies (E-ROBOT) is designed to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost, and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer, and more accessible for workers.
“The E-ROBOT Prize Phase 1 winners stood out from the competition by creating high-impact holistic solutions, addressing on-site benefits for worker health and safety, and designing for technical and commercial viability.”
- U.S. Department of Energy
The E-ROBOT Prize is a set of two successive competitions that offer participants up to $4 million in cash prizes for competitors and an additional $1 million in recognition awards for Connectors and competitor support in the American-Made Network.
“Skyline Capital Builders is excited to collaborate with Gensler and FLX Solutions on the further development of this innovative technology with endless possibilities to improve the construction and retro-envelope analysis fields.”
- Bob Criscuolo, Project Executive, Commercial Construction, Skyline Capital Builders
U.S. Dept. of Energy Winners Update - https://www.herox.com/EROBOT/updates
U.S. Dept. of Energy E*Robot Website - https://www.herox.com/EROBOT
Gensler - https://www.gensler.com/
Skyline Capital Builders - https://www.skylinecapitalbuilders.com/
FLX Solutions - https://www.flxsolutions.com/