Bristol Green Doors
By MissElaineous | Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 15:59
This weekend -- 28-29 September -- there will be 33 homes across the city opening their doors to the public to show what they have done to make their homes more energy efficient, more comfortable to live in, and cheaper to heat.
By visiting homes that have already been improved, people are able to explore what is possible in their own homes. They will have the chance to talk to householders about the measures they have taken, the cost implications, general disturbance involved, and differences the measures make.
Bristol Green Doors has teamed up with the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science to produce an Android and iPhone smartphone application for this year's open homes event. The app will allow visitors to not only see where the houses are located and which retrofitting measures are installed, but will also provide the opportunity to take notes, use a filter to find houses with specific measures, save houses to a shortlist, and contact some householders with queries after the event.
A new feature that is being trialled is the use of QR codes in each house that correspond to the installed measures; when scanned by the app, the codes will be saved and a personalised report later produced to give visitors links to suppliers and additional information.
The app is available to download from iTunes (for iPhone) and on Google Play (Android). If you have problems accessing the app via the links, please try searching for "greendoors" on iTunes/Google Play; the author is the University of Bristol.
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