Enabling Geospatial Interoperability to Support UrbanEnergy Efficiency: The HEAT Case Study
Reducing GHG emissions and low-carbon living are two prioritized goals of The City of Calgary, Alberta. HEAT (Heat Energy Assessment Technologies), an award winning GeoWeb platform offers interactive geospatial feedback to tackle these issues by visualizing the amount and location of waste heat escaping from homes and communities, as easily as clicking on a house in Google Maps. To ensure wide-spread utility of HEAT metrics, further testing and refinement are required. To meet this capacity, we will (i) develop a new geospatial model for energy-use/savings that will simulate energy demand for 260,000+ single Calgary residences, (ii) refine the HEAT Score for comparison between other houses, communities and cities, and (iii) implement OGC Standards so that HEAT solutions can be published as geospatial web services. This will allow HEAT to participate in the new National Energy Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and provide worldwide platform-independent web access to unique HEAT urban energy-efficiency solutions. The partner organization will benefit from the opportunity to commercialize these improved HEAT products as OGC enabled web services; which can then be broadly consumed by other markets.