Who’s in the red? MyHeat reveals building heat loss map for Alberta
September 20, 2016 - Homes in Alberta may be able to stay a little warmer this winter, thanks to the new MyHeat platform just launched in various communities around the province in collaboration with ATCOenergy and Mike Holmes Inspections.
By Renée Francoeur
MyHeat claims its technology can reduce the cost of heating and cooling homes and commercial buildings with its ability to visualize and compare the heat escaping from every building in a town or city. As of September 15, 2016, the platform is live in Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Edmonton and Sherwood Park, with over 500,000 houses profiled. Additional Alberta communities will be added over the coming months, MyHeat says, with a planned roll out across major urban Canadian cities over the next year.
MyHeat’s technology, developed by Geoff Hay and his team at the University of Calgary, uses detailed night-time thermal infrared airborne images to map building heat loss and is based on “proprietary algorithms that eliminate micro-climatic variability and geospatial effects”. This increases the accuracy of building, community and city heat loss maps, MyHeat says, and makes it possible to compare the results over time and across different geographical locations.
“This new technology is a prime example of Alberta leadership and innovation that will help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases, improve efficiency and increase education and monitoring,” said Jeff Taylor, MyHeat’s president and CEO. “We look forward to working with additional partners to build momentum towards a more sustainable future.”
Find any home/building in the maps at myheat.ca and visualize the degree of heat loss for free.