Buildings account for a third of global emissions, with inefficient homes responsible for a large portion of these. enerBEAT deploys innovative tech to empower homeowners to improve their energy efficiency. With this integrated platform, homeowners can:
1. Quickly assess energy loss by scanning their home (interior and exterior) using their smartphones.
2. Explore options for making their homes more energy efficient and the bill and carbon savings that could result from these.
3. Realize benefits by connecting to trusted local contractors, finance providers and government incentive schemes.
4. Deploy a data-centric business model to capture additional value from the data collected.
As a result of energy consumption, the building sector accounts for one third of greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce this, how can we help homeowners explore, assess, and pursue energy-saving home improvements?
- The energy efficiency of U.S. residences is substantially less than that of comparable buildings in Western Europe and other developed nations, after controlling for such factors as climate and population.
- Evidence from a 2009 McKinsey study found that savings and investment costs translate into an internal return on investment from home energy efficiency improvements in the US of over 19%.
- Yet despite the potential savings, many homeowners are not opting to make their homes more energy efficient.
- One reason for this is informational; the processes by which homes generate and retain heat are remarkably opaque to most property owners; expert advice from an energy auditor is currently needed to help property owners understand these processes and potential measures for improving energy efficiency.
- Another barrier is the amount of time and effort needed to understand energy efficiency in the home, explore options for improving it and book such services.
enerBEAT allows homeowners to use their own smartphones to scan their homes and produce a model that uses the latest image recognition technology to calculate how much heat is being lost and how. They can then explore energysaving retrofit opportunities and the energy bill savings, payback time and carbon savings associated with these.
Finally, they are connected with trusted solutions providers in their area. Over time, the data collected will be catalogued, classified and re-deployed to help improve the ability of the software to identify and classify objects in the images captured.
Experts recognize that computer-based tools that score the relative efficiency of a home or assess the productivity of energy-saving investments have great potential to resolve informational imperfections that limit uptake of retrofits.
The convenience of using our single tool to input necessary data and book retrofits will overcome the current barrier of homeowners not being willing to commit the time and effort needed to retrofit.
The tool will empower homeowners to explore interventions without worrying about dealing with contractors in their home.
enerBEAT generates heat loss models using innovative scanning and image processing tech that produces accurate measurements and 3D models.
This replaces the traditional home visits required for energy audits, and allows a homeowner with no technical expertise to quickly and easily assess their home themselves.
In the future, enerBEAT can also deploy augmented reality tech to allow users to experiment with green home upgrades through their phone screens.
The application combines existing data sources, such as weather data, construction building codes, and catalogues of technical parameters of construction materials to perform the analysis. The exponential growth and cost reductions in cloud computing now permit this to be done relatively quickly.
In addition, augmented reality, image recognition and classification from pictures and video scanning technologies are just now widely available through major open source initiatives.
The competitors we are disrupting, such as GreenAudit USA, tend to use traditional home visits for energy audits. Online tools such as the US Government’s Energy Star require the user to input a lot of information manually and do not recommend local contractors.
The residential sector in the USA alone is responsible for 20% of the total CO2 emissions, up to 1 billion tons/yr.
68% of these emissions result from the use of energy for heating and cooling, lighting, and use of appliances.
Our solution will encourage implementation of energy-saving measures in buildings, potentially reducing energy demand and bills by up to 30%.
The carbon savings if such measures were implemented in all 75 million US homes would represent the equivalent of taking around half of passenger cars in the USA off the road.
Our solution contributes directly towards SDG target 7.3 (double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030). It also contributes indirectly towards targets 11.6 (by 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities) and 12.8 (by 2030 ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.)
SDG Indicator for measuring impact: 7.3.1 – Energy intensity measured in terms of primary energy and GDP.