Apr 28, 2016
May 2, 2016
Thank you Petra! Your comments are very appreciated.
We experimented with some other, more detailed tag lines, but so far have gotten the best response to this one. I'll keep seeking feedback.
Your other suggestions are very helpful too. I need to think about them in more detail.
Jun 7, 2016
If you could crowd-source some apartment information you could get around the privacy issues with utilities. Specifically, if tenants were encouraged to enter things like energy bills, along with other review information, then the full cost of the apartments could be calculated.
I suggest you consider a simple site which just aims to collect this information and make it available. You might have a paid service for landlords who could enter their own apartments' information also.
The sign-up process for tenants would encourage them to provide some information about past or current rentals.
An important aspect will be to establish a high degree of trust, so that the prospective tenants trust the accuracy of the information presented. Perhaps showing the provenance of that information, who entered it, what other information have they entered, who vouches for them, etc. If such a system were built on Facebook it could take advantage of the social network which would provide some amount of trust, though with a lot of negative Facebook baggage. Perhaps a more "lightweight" Facebook integration could provide some of the benefits without some of the negatives.
Jun 13, 2016
Hello RentRocket.org, Good luck for your project proposal. Just review and make it completed before meet deadline after tomorrow. Thank you.
Jun 13, 2016
Thanks again for the thoughtful comments. Another aspect of this project is the potential to create a large data set of building energy data, building data (from city assessor data), and behavior change. This could be a powerful academic tool to parse the role of energy knowledge, efficiency investment, and behavior change in realizing GHG reduction goals. Some of this has been added to the text. To the question of trust, this is one of the reasons a university consortia makes sense as opposed to zillow or trulia. The goal of the system is to provide transparent information to students. Universities won't benefit monetarily except to demonstrate GHG reductions through demand side management via better education and varying levels of behavior change in the rental decision process and living in the rental unit.
Jun 14, 2016
Is there an energy performance certificates that houses are already given by the Government? This is what happens in UK and I think that there is a potential for linking up your projects and potential data that you could obtain for cross checking the accuracy of the certificates. Saying that I am not sure if you have anything like that in US.
Jun 14, 2016
In response to the judges' comments, we made a number of changes:
Jun 15, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
As a renter for the last 8 years, having a program like this would have been incredibly useful when making my rental decisions over the past years. I hope you win as I'd love to see this fully developed!
Jul 21, 2016
Working in State College, PA, I've been following RentRocket since it began. I hope that you are successful and that this will be expanded to other university towns.