Essess Recognized at United Nations’ Rio +20 Conference


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By Kavitha Pramod
June 24, 2012

This week, representatives to the United Nations met in beautiful Rio de Janeiro to discuss how to help their economies grow without destroying the environment around them. With sustainable development as the theme of the conference, Rio+20 is an excellent place for new environmental ideas and projects to be introduced and discussed.

Many of these ideas are launched through magazines and brochures that are distributed throughout the conference. Sustainia 100 is one such magazine, and it was launched in Rio on June 20. In its first edition, Sustainia 100 presented sustainable solutions from around the world that exist today. The 100 solutions highlighted in the magazine serve as an inspiring reminder of what is possible both now and in the future.

One of the companies highlighted in Sustainia 100 was Essess. This company is close to home, as Sierra Club Green Home’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Jennifer Schwab, is also the CEO of Essess.

According to the company Web site, individuals and families are losing hundreds of dollars every year from the energy that escapes from buildings. This is especially true in months of extremes, whether they be during sweltering hot summers or freezing cold winters. Usually, identifying the sources of energy leaks can be very costly and time-consuming, so many people opt not to do it. Or, people may be completely unaware that such a problem exists at all. Either way, the result is that they end up losing money and wasting natural resources.

The solution, according to Essess, is to identify the sources of energy leaks through data that is already publicly available, and then provide people with reports based on this data. People can then use the reports to speed up and help their energy audits, or make changes that save them money. The innovative technology used by Essess to collect the data is completely non-invasive; it does not disturb the lives of the people within the buildings in any way.

Essess works by loading high-tech thermal devices onto trucks that drive along streets and capture thermal images of the houses and buildings located along the street. From the images, it is easy to see where energy is being lost and where the energy is being well-contained. The company then creates reports based on the images, which allow people to see where their homes are losing energy. Homeowners can then fix the energy leaks and save money while also living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

This technology is a big game-changer in that it makes it easy and practical for entire blocks to be assessed for energy efficiency in the fraction of the time it takes an auditor to go through each building.

With the amount of technology and information available, solutions for sustainability are constantly being developed. It is exciting and inspiring to see the progress of Essess recognized in an international forum such as Rio+20.

See this technology in action by watching The Wall Street Journal’s interview with Jennifer Schwab:

For related articles, see:
Sustainable Development and United Nations’ Rio +20 
Four Steps to Becoming a Renewable Energy Resident
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