Energy

Renewable heating systems

How can heating installers motivate their clients to use renewable energy solutions?

More than three quarters of buildings are still heated with oil or gas. Heating installers have a major influence on the choice of new heating systems. What kind of new tool can support installers to influence their clients to choose a greener heating system?

Challenge description

The city of Zurich is on its way to a 2000 Watt society. However, more than three quarters the buildings are still heated with oil or gas. The result: heating generates around 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, Zurich is supporting the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Several studies show that heating installers have a major influence on the choice of a new heating system. The challenge is, that installers mostly give advice on a spontaneous basis without proper preparation and data collection. They just don’t have the budget for a proper analysis.

Challenge vision

The City of Zurich wants to support installers by delivering a simple application, based on energy and building data. The kit will help installers recommending smart and renewable solutions for their clients.

How does such a tool look like that supports installers to influence their customers to choose a greener heating system rather than conventional heating based on fos-sil fuels?

What’s your solution to help installers influence their customers to choose a greener heating system?
 
Solutions:
  • Can make use of available energy data from Energy Data Pool (EDP), the public GIS tool EnerGIS (www.stadt-zuerich.ch/energis) and/or other public data (e.g. data from the Canton of Zurich).
  • Should be a simple, creative and easy to understand app or website. 
  • Should run on mobile devices.
  • Should compare the different possible heating systems and give advice for the best renewable solution.
  • Compare the possible heating systems with the focus on the ecologic footprint (e.g. CO2 Emissions), economic aspects should also be considered. 
  • Should use the existing data provided by the City of Zurich, the installers should be able to complete the data to get an even better result.
  • can make use of available weather data from the API of one of the most experienced providers of weather, climate and environmental data in Europe.

Find solutions to this challenge by the City of Zurich  and get the support of programmers to refine your idea.

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