Spacewell acquires DEXMA

Spacewell acquires Dexma and places its global hub for intelligent energy management in Barcelona

  • Dexma’s software will complement the smart building management solutions of technology firm Spacewell, integrated into the Nemetschek group listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange 
  • First combined offering for smart building, facility and energy management 

Barcelona, 14 December 2020 – Dexma, a company that provides energy intelligence and management software, has taken a step forward in its international expansion plan by becoming the energy hub of technology firm Spacewell, a world reference in software for the management of intelligent spaces and buildings. The Barcelona-based company is now entering a new phase following the acquisition of 100% of its capital by Spacewell, with HQ in Antwerp and owned by Nemetschek Group, a global leading software company for the design, construction and operation of buildings listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 

This corporate operation consolidates the success story of Dexma, created in 2007 by the entrepreneurs Joan Pinyol, Guillem Corominas and Xavier Orduña with the purpose of helping professionals and organisations to optimise their energy use. The company, which currently employs 45 people, offers energy solutions to more than 4.000 organisations in 30 countries. Dexma projects further growth during the coming years and plans to hire up to 20 extra people during the coming year, among them engineers, developers, marketing and sales staff.

According to Joan Pinyol, co-founder and CEO of Dexma: “Dexma is in a race for a more sustainable future, helping global organisations of all sizes to track and optimise their energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy”. 

Currently, buildings account for 30 percent of final energy consumption and 28 percent of CO2 emissions. In this regard, the energy intensity per square meter (kWh/m2) of the global buildings sector needs to improve on average by 30% by 2030 (compared to 2015) to be on track to meet global climate ambitions set forth in the Paris Agreement.

Spacewell, established in 1989, joined the Nemetschek Group in 2018 as a software and technology company to accompany its clients in improving the performance of their building portfolios. Its data-driven software solutions offer agility, flexibility, and connectivity for the intelligent management of the buildings of the future.

The Nemetschek Group is a software supplier to the AECO industry (architecture, engineering, construction and operations) and employs more than 3.000 experts. With a market capitalisation of 7 billion euros, the company closed the last financial year with a revenue of 557 million euros.

“This acquisition is a huge plus for customers aiming to become more sustainable in their operations. Energy management is an important element in creating truly autonomous buildings that automatically adapt their behaviours to the occupants and stakeholders,” says Koen Matthijs, Chief Division Officer, Operate & Manage Division at the Nemetschek Group. “Dexma perfectly complements our existing portfolio for facility management, property management and smart building. Adding energy management gives us a strong competitive edge and our customers benefit from a total solution to operate their buildings”, states Matthijs.

“With this acquisition, we can leverage strong data synergies. Dexma will be able to benefit from the data provided by the sensors that feed our software and vice versa. In addition, both platforms are independent from equipment manufacturers, which makes it easier for our solutions to be future proof,” explains Eric Van Bael, CEO of Spacewell. “This is a win-win situation for all companies wishing to increase their sustainability,” adds Van Bael.

The integration

The company joins the group under the umbrella of Spacewell with which it shares synergies in the field of smart buildings. Likewise, Dexma customers will have access to Spacewell products, which will be integrated within Dexma products.

Until now, Spacewell’s clients have been able to efficiently manage their buildings and workplaces, analyse utilisation data, and make data-driven decisions. Thanks to the integration with Dexma, building management will now also include the energetic and environmental component in these decisions.

Spacewell will have in its portfolio the artificial intelligence software platform called Dexma Platform, a cloud-based tool that combines big data analytics and artificial intelligence with energy efficiency. Dexma Platform will help its customers detect, analyse and optimise energy consumption and costs, while becoming more sustainable. Innovation in sustainability is a constant at Dexma: in September it launched an indoor air quality solution to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on office buildings and other spaces; and in November it completed its portfolio with the automated energy manager Dexma Optimise, powered by artificial intelligence.

“We’re honoured to join Spacewell and the Nemetschek Group, which are among the 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders recognised by the United Nations. At Dexma we will work relentlessly to build a more sustainable future”, adds Pinyol. 

About Dexma

Dexma is the leading provider of energy management software for commercial and industrial buildings, energy service companies and utilities. Created in 2007 by computer engineers Joan Pinyol, Guillem Corominas and Xavier Orduña, Dexma supports and advises more than 4,000 organisations in 30 countries on the technological transition and optimisation of energy use. The company, which employs 45 people, has its headquarters in Barcelona and its clients include companies such as Ferrovial, Naturgy, Comsa Corporación, EnelX, Engie, Norlys, SMS-plc and Emerson.

About Spacewell

Spacewell is part of the listed Nemetschek Group, a digital transformation pioneer in the AECO industry. As one of the leading corporate groups worldwide, Nemetschek covers the entire life cycle of building and infrastructure projects with its software solutions and guides its customers into the future of digitalisation. 

Spacewell’s software and technology solutions focus on the use phase (manage & operate) of buildings. Our main goal is to make buildings work harder for their users. We assist our clients to optimise building maintenance and facility operations and achieve bottom-line savings. And we help them create high-performance workplaces that offer the agility, flexibility, and connectivity needed to support new ways of working. We do this by consolidating life-cycle data, best-practice processes, real-time IoT data, and actionable insights onto a single platform. Spacewell’s product portfolio spans MCS (IWMS), Axxerion (workflow-based property and facility management software), O-Prognose (long-term maintenance planning), Cobundu (Smart Building platform) and Advisory Services. Spacewell was founded in 1989 and currently employs over 300 people across 10 locations.

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About the Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group is a pioneer for the digital transformation in the AECO industry. With its software solutions, it covers the complete life cycle of building and infrastructure projects and guides its customers into the future of digitalisation. As one of the world’s leading corporate groups, the Nemetschek Group increases quality in the construction process and improves the digital workflow of all those involved in the construction process. Leveraging the software, buildings can be planned, built and operated more efficiently, sustainably and in a resource-saving manner. 

The Nemetschek Group helps its customers to increase efficiency and sustainability across the entire building lifecycle, adding intelligence from the beginning of the design phase through to the end of the building’s useful life. The data collected in the manage & operate phase of a building closes the loop and has a direct impact on the design of new buildings through Building Lifecycle Intelligence. 

The focus of the Nemetschek Group is on the use of open standards (Open BIM). The portfolio also includes digital solutions for visualisation, 3D modelling and animation. The innovative products of the 16 brands in the four customer-oriented divisions are used by approximately six million users worldwide. Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963, the Nemetschek Group today employs more than 3,000 experts.
Publicly listed since 1999 and quoted on the MDAX and TecDAX, the company achieved revenue in the amount of EUR 556.9 million and an EBITDA of EUR 165.7 million in 2019.

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