I have been a fan of open source, and I found a great little iphone APP that takes two data sets and adds value. This app shows you where the traffic jams are located in Hong Kong so you can pick the best route to your destination, get your FREE app at iTunes
click on an image to enlarge………. the red overlay indicates heavy traffic, green overlay indicates normal traffic, it is real time and that simple.
~~~ John A. Herbert, Kelcroft, BEAM Professional
On 5th September 2008, I pitched my idea to encourage energy efficient buildings, I will not bore you with the speech, essentially it boils down to providing a metric, to assess, rate and compare building performance. We need a simple concept, that encourages building energy efficiency, creates a certain competition between building owners, and last but not least a metric that is easily understandable by the general public, so created MPG for buildings.
EUI, or the other commonly used metrics for building efficiency are childs play to professionals, but the general public doesn’t get it. You need to spend your resources educating people what the metric means, but with MPG they get it! Although the HKSAR hasnt taken up the challenge, opting for another EUI as part of the new building energy efficiency code (cap 611), the idea has taken hold in USA link from the Department of Energy Resources.
The USA State of Massachusetts has published a white paper ( link PDF white paper MPG for buildings). Thanks for reading, here is my presentation slides on slideshare: