Dashboards for a Greener built environment – moving along

Phase I of the “dashboards for a greener built environment” research project proposes to catalog energy dashboards available in the market place today (see list below) and extrapolate implict standards these dashboards are being built to.

Phase II, will focus on establishing a baseline set of standards from which future energy dashboards can be built to. The goal is to provide for interoperability through open standards and a strong base for ease of adoption of these dashboards by the masses.

STANDARDS act as design constraints and outline interoperability between the ecosystem components. An assumption is made that energy conservation can be achieved through adoption of energy dashboards that promote self correction. Dashboards provide a way to measure and optimize usage. The domain for this study therefore is “Energy Conservation” and the range is any device/gadget/appliance or any act that consumes energy.

Components of the ecosystem for “dashboards for a greener built environment”:
a. The built environment at the micro level – individual housing and at the marco level urban and rural environment,
b. Instrumentation – measures and outputs consumption
c. Appliance engineering – Product design
d. Open data repositories of specification based on which these products are designed
e. Governance

Energy sources that are at the center of the energy conservation discussion include but are not limited to:
a. Water
b. Thermal energy
c. Electrical energy
d. Fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas

The energy dashboard market is gaining momentum in the United States, with companies such as google, microsoft, cisco and utility companies making rapid inroads. The smart grid development is gaining traction which is helping drive development of a dashboard driven conservation culture. Now is the time to develop these standards.

1) EnergyHub: EnergyHub makes a high-end energy dashboard that will offer Google Docs-style spreadsheets and graphs of resource use. http://www.energyhub.com/
2) Tendril: Tendril sells a combo of energy management services, including a wireless in-home energy display, a smart thermostat, a web-based energy portal. http://www.tendrilinc.com/
3) Onzo: London-based Onzo makes a slick-looking energy display and wireless sensor kit that runs on energy harvested from the home electrical cable. http://onzo.com/
4) Agilewaves: Agilewaves‘ Resource Monitor tracks and manages energy, gas and water consumption in real time from web-enabled devices. http://www.agilewaves.com/
5) Google PowerMeter: The search-engine giant told us recently that it is trying to bring PowerMeter, its online energy information tool, to market sometime this year. Google is working with device makers — we’ve reported on GE and Tendril — and hoping to launch with a direct-to-consumer product as well as a utility product
6) The Energy Detective: The Energy Detective (or TED) is one of the few energy management tools that’s already available to consumers.
7) PowerMand: Founded in 2006, Portland, Ore.-based PowerMand makes DreamWatts, a wireless energy management tool that focuses on making smart thermostats effective for cutting energy consumption. http://www.powermand.com/dreamwatts-product
8) Green Energy Options: Cambridge, UK-based Green Energy Options‘ home energy monitoring system, called the Home Energy Hub.

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