Data to Save a Planet
On behalf of the State of Arkansas, Organic Think tasked Tek-Connect to develop a web service for calculating home energy efficiency. Information from a wide variety of sources – energy usage, home measurements, potential improvements, financial costs – all are fed into an engine that allows the service to rate and support recommendations to home owners to save dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The SOAP-based web service follows industry-wide HPXML (“home performance XML”) standards to calculate a common rating for a given building. It validates a wide range of information, applies an array of complex rules, and manages multi-dimensional relationships amongst data.
The project has been widely successful, allowing Organic Think to pursue other states interested in their program – not to mention also helping to save a planet in the process.