The SenseME app and the Next Learning Thermostat. Photo by Forest Giant

The SenseME app and the Next Learning Thermostat. Photo by Forest Giant

Lexington’s Big Ass Solutions has created a new division, Haiku Home, and plans to add approximately 100 jobs over the next year to support the initiative.

Back in September, we talked to Dave Durand of Forest Giant about their relationship with Big Ass Solutions, maker of industrial fans and lights. Forest Giant had been working with the company for three years to help develop new app to control fans in a new division that Big Ass was launching: a residential division. The flagship product was called the Haiku fan, and it was controlled by this SenseME technology.

Haiku Home now has new products launching this week at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show including a ceiling-mounted LED light fixture and a wireless wall control. The company also will introduce an advanced, highly efficient HVAC system in 2017. They’ve also launched an additional model of ceiling fan.

“We formed Haiku Home to deliver thoughtfully designed products and meaningful, technology-driven benefits: convenience, comfort and energy conservation without sacrifice,” said Alex Reed, vice president of products for the new division.

The SenseME technology developed by Big Ass knows when you enter or leave a room and can turn the fan on and off accordingly. It monitors the room’s humidity as well as temperature and adjusts itself accordingly. When software is connected to a Nest thermostat, it “learns” your preferences.

Big Ass Solutions has won numerous “Best Places to Work” awards. Average annual wages exceed the national average by more than 20 percent and Kentucky’s by more than 40 percent. Their employee retention rate is 85 percent, far exceeding the industry average of 60 percent.