Non-invasive Solution to Evaluate the Energy Efficiency Potential of Commercial Buildings

Background

ENGIE is seeking smarter solutions to assess potential energy efficiency gains through building energy renovations. Buildings generate approximately 40% of global GHG emissions and constitute up to 36% of global energy use. The refurbishment and retrofitting of existing buildings provide a great potential for energy savings and reduction of carbon emissions.

Current energy modelling or assessment solutions of a building are limited in effectiveness due to the high cost and resources required, complexity in data acquisition and reliance on historical data (not all buildings have quality data). As a result, building owners have high investment barriers (both in cost and effort) to drive the necessary changes.

A solution that can quickly scan and profile and audit a building’s energy performance and potential in a non-invasive manner will likely promote wider reception and adoption of such assessment tools, hence leading to better understanding of measures that can promote energy efficiency.

Technical Specifications & Requirements

  • Solution should be:
    • Simple to deploy (perhaps mainly digital) with minimum manual execution required on-site – for e.g., being able to perform assessment/scan of the commercial building energy profile without needing to tap into the control systems of the building or require manual/laborious resources to execute.
    • Comprehensive in assessing the energy performance of the whole building and identifying estimate energy savings potential and reducible emissions of the building (not just one or some sub-systems).
    • Compliant with industry standards for measurement accuracy and benchmarking.
    • Able to provide building owners a snapshot of where their priority areas are to address for energy renovation.
    • Minimally at prototype/minimum viable product (MVP) stage, and able to be deployed at pilot test sites.
  • Applicant should indicate estimated commercial price of solution and cost-benefit analysis of the solution in the proposal.

Besides addressing the above requirements, the proposed solution should also fulfil the following criteria:

  • Not be readily or commercially available in the market
  • Wherever applicable, aim to:
    • Enhance safety of operations; and/or
    • Reduce reliance of manpower; and/or
    • Improve quality, consistency and service delivery; and/or
    • Achieve cost-effectiveness; and/or
    • Improve efficiency/productivity.

Development Timeline

3-6 months to pilot and validate the technical feasibility of the solution, and another 3 months to plan the commercialisation roadmap.

Additional Resources

Startups or aspiring founders looking to build their own startup may join this innovation call. During the initial months, startups iterate solutions and test commercial solutions while ENGIE Factory provide mentorship and domain knowhow. After that, ENGIE Factory may provide the starting capital, and leverage networks to achieve product-market fit. Selected startups are invited to ENGIE’s coworking space to work and collaborate with the relevant ENGIE teams.

ENGIE Factory will inculcate design thinking, value proposition canvas and customer empathy; as well as provide the network and mentorship to help  startups validate problem through customer meetings, solution prototyping, and co-creation of a preliminary business model. The startup may be given sufficient funding to achieve initial sales, and continue to access ENGIE’s networks, and a path to product-market fit.

Challenge Owner(s)

ENGIE Factory
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