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Dan Winters

Jul 21, 2014


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Hello! This project sounds great - at USGBC we've been building out the Green Building Information Gateway [] as a global resource to support multiple analytic, policy, and behavior-based engagement streams [including projects like this one]. Please feel free to contact me directly for more background and collaboration opportunities. Thanks - Dan Winters

Climate Colab

Aug 5, 2014


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Very interesting idea with lots of potential. The drivers for government and research use seems clear but it is not clear how the public would make use of this data. What kind of interface it would have that would drive people to use this site? The marketing component could be move developed to clarify how it would engage and impact consumers. A potential barrier for consideration includes availability of building use data. Building owners often do not want to share data or even basic information on the features of their buildings. Even certifiers of green buildings are often not able to share information about the buildings they certify as building owners do not allow it to be public. Further, by law, building owners often do not have access to the energy usage of their tenants. Similarly, to what degree are every roof-top and distributed solar installation available via public record? Tracking the total number of tons of avoided CO2 would also be challenging in locations without mandatory public disclosure requirements (currently most of these only address public and commercial buildings). Great project idea and with its open access approach it could have far-reaching impact, particularly where there is limited budget to pursue green initiaitives that would requite extensive research and time. I note that some additional focus on how to promote the project for the greatest possible uptake -- which could add additional costs -- may be a challenge to how far and wide it could be used.

Javier Burgos

Aug 10, 2014


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Hello and greetings from the contest fellows! Thank you for submitting a proposal to our contest, and congratulations on making it into the top 8! We are very excited to have your proposal, and hope to see it do well. We would love for you to keep improving your proposal prior to the next round of judging. Don't forget, both Judges Choice and Popular Choice winners will be connected with people who can support the implementation of their proposal, which may include policy makers, business executives, NGO and foundation officials, scientists, and others. They will be recognized and publicized by the MIT Climate CoLab and invited to showcase their proposals at a conference held at MIT November 2014, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. I would like to encourage you to take a moment and consider how you can improve your proposal, before the next round of judging. The judges comments from the 1st round have been shared with you as a comment (above), feel free to consider these as you make edits. In addition, you may want to consider adding additional information on: - More detail about the timeline that this would all be implemented with - Information about how far a reach the current team would have, and whether additional resources would be needed as the idea scales up. - Which might be the next communities to be implemented, after CA?

Climate Colab

Sep 3, 2014


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This proposal was not selected to advance to the Finalist round. Comments from Judges: A map and database of green buildings and their attributes in an area would be useful, and the idea of quantifying the sustainability benefits could provide useful demonstrations of the effects of greening. The difficulty would be firstly, in obtaining reliable data, and secondly, in trying to quantify the impact - crowd sourcing is unlikely to result in accurate performance figures. The other big question is how would the public be drawn to the site? The site would have relevance for designers and governmental uses, but it is not clear how it would stimulate or inspire the public. The costs relative to the potential user impact would seem to be fairly high, especially as it is an on-going programme that would need to be managed and updated over time.