Pollination & Sustainability Analytics


As a data professional, I’m exploring an emerging class of professionals coming onto the scene called ‘Sustainability Analytics’.

Thanks to the latest Big Data tools and techniques, companies can now hire Sustainability Analytics professionals to conduct sustainability analysis on vast quantities of data.

Given this context, I’m particularly interested in how we can leverage specific tools like Pollination for operational carbon analysis. Currently, we have abundant databases for analyzing embodied carbon and using that data in data pipelines; however, There seems to be a noticeable gap when it comes to operational carbon.

Has anyone at Pollination explored this area? I plan on connecting Pollination to my existing Analytics Dashboards via its SQL output.

For more background, here is a useful guide: Deloitte Sustainability Analytics Guide.

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Hi @moses-woolpert ,

This is a very open-ended question so I don’t know how useful my response will be:

But I guess the answer is “yes, for buildings in the US, primarily because NREL has explored it and because we plug into the stuff that NREL makes.”

There’s a HB Carbon Emission Intensity component in LBT that will give you the kgCO2/m2 values for your simulation similar to how the HB End Use Intensity component works. The Carbon Intensity component uses the Cambria data that NREL assembled, which takes into account the location in the US as well as the year that you’re looking at (with projections up to 2050).

There’s also an OpenStudio Measure that NREL maintains, which does the same calculation as the Carbon Intensity component but can also give you hourly outputs for hourly carbon emissions, which try to account for the fact that electricity is dirtier in peak hours. You can use that measure with any energy simulation on Pollination and you can see a sample of it being used under the hood of a dragonfly/URBANopt simulation in this sample Grasshopper file.

is the OpenStudio Measure on Pollination for carbon Intensity a ‘recipe’ on pollination?