What Cities Are Saying
Lightspark provided us with a wealth of data that helped us understand the program design options, the total greenhouse gas emissions and energy we could potentially reduce, options for grants and loans we could use to hit those targets, and providing an energy equity lens for assessing options.
This work also lays the data foundation for a “virtual” digital home energy audit tool to support our planned home energy retrofit program here in London.”
Lightspark’s program design work for the CIty of Kingston gave critical insights to determining the very hot, hot and warm homes to target for carbon reduction. Using machine learning and data modeling, Lightspark has taken this kind of work to the next level.
Lightspark's software provides us with a wealth of data and insights to understand where we could reduce carbon and energy cost-effectively.
Their archetype work gave us the first pass view of Huntsville, and was extremely useful in understanding the types of building stock we had and what their carbon, energy and asset profiles looked like. Their data models gave us a fulsome view of what we needed to do to plan and execute a program to reduce carbon.
We're also very excited about the Geospatial Viewer, because it really could help give us the intelligence to understand the key houses to target in each community, knowing both the highest carbon targets, but correlating that with owner and renter ratios and incomes.
Lightspark’s data solutions can give us a never-before- seen level of clarity on the energy and GHG emissions intensity of our building stock.
In addition, their consumer platform shows tremendous potential to simplify energy efficiency decision making for homeowners, which we see as one of the biggest challenges in reaching our municipal housing retrofit targets.
The work completed by Lightspark has contributed not only key quantitative information, but accompanying visuals allowing for easier understanding and communication to decision-makers.
By analyzing real data we can provide comprehensive justifications for program development and focus.
Clean Air Partnership was pleased to work with Lightspark to bring their very practical and usable housing energy analysis expertise and software to a cohort of 7 Ontario municipalities for their residential energy efficiency retrofit market analysis and program design. Working with Lightspark ensured that this feasibility work sets up these municipalities to better engage with their residents by turning that market analysis work into the development of a net zero emissions roadmap for their residents.
The aim of the net zero roadmap is to bring together a home’s energy efficiency opportunities with their asset renewal schedule, and energy and carbon costs over time to enable our homes to be the climate leaders we want and need them to be. Better enabling Canadians to act on their carbon reduction opportunities is critical to following through on our climate commitments while advancing the energy efficiency economic development opportunity. Lightspark helps make that a reality.
One of the challenges we have as a utility offering energy efficiency programs is getting access to the best possible data.
Lightspark’ approach should help create a more unified data model, and that will be a positive step for the energy efficiency industry in Canada, and globally.
Lightspark’s platform gets at the heart of the main barrier to effective energy efficiency program design, delivery and customer engagement.
Across Canada, the industry has invested heavily is digital infrastructure, and yet we continue to work with disparate data sources.
Developing a digital ecosystem that effectively and accurately unifies information to remove this barrier will add significant value to all stakeholders, most importantly end-use customers.
By incorporating machine learning and other offerings into their platform, Lightspark offers a promising approach to accelerating retrofits in the existing housing stock.
We know that a map-based approach, linking it both to strategic planning and directly to consumers could potentially be more effective in targeting demographic segments by building type.
Energy mapping will accelerate housing retrofits by geospatially enabling municipal and utility strategic planning with archetyping, demographics and focused public engagement.
Archetyping has been the predominant method used in most energy mapping applications, both domestically and internationally and is also a method used to develop the BC Step Code and National Building Code of Canada.
Every municipality and climate researcher needs to take a look at this tool. Lightspark has created an extremely timely and useful tool to map carbon in residential areas. As cities transition to Net Zero, they will need to provide user-friendly tools that help citizens take action to reduce their carbon footprint. The Lightspark Platform shows us where our carbon intensity is in the city and where we can take clear actions to reduce it. Every municipality and climate researcher needs to take a look at this tool.
We, the undersigned, support the kind of broad-based solution that Lightspark has been developing for the past four years, and support its partnership and funding from NRCan. We believe this type of platform will help consumers better engage in carbon reduction in their homes in a streamlined and contemporary manner that consumers expect.
For our city, we see the Lightspark benefits as follows:
1. Mapping that provides a high level of valuable data at the parcel block level for city building stock
2. Data analysis that can accelerate analysis and predictions of uptake of programs
3. Better data to predict targeted marketing of programs which will save marketing dollars and reduce program costs
4. A consumer-friendly platform that makes deep energy retrofits decisions easier for consumers including Canada’s first carbon score, a Recommendation Engine and matching homeowners with rebates, financing, trade and energy advisors
5. Deep analytics and reporting on carbon reduction of projects, engagement of citizens, creation of green jobs