Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CBE Wins Catalyst Energy Innovation Award

CBE's Livable Analytics team is among the 
seven winners chosen at the Catalyst Energy 
Innovation Prize Demo Day.
The Center for the Built Environment (CBE) was a winner at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Dayheld in December in Philadelphia, PA. The award will provide funding of $100,000 to advance the work of Livable Analytics, an in-house venture that provides occupant survey tools to assess and understand occupant satisfaction and interaction within commercial buildings. The demo day award represents the culmination of a two-phase competition; in a previous phase, the Livable Analytics team submitted a five-minute video pitch to qualify for $25,000 in software development services and to compete in a prototyping competition. 

With the new funding from the Catalyst program, the team will further improve its software and visualization tools, expand outreach and training, develop tools for new project types, and greatly increase the number of surveys being conducted. These tools represent an expansion of CBE’s occupant survey, a unique resource that has been implemented in over 1,000 buildings around the world, with over 100,000 participants to date. This work has been done in collaboration with CBE’s Industry Partners, who support and guide the center’s research and advance the adoption of its innovations. 

For more information, read the full news release.