Introduction to DREam

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Dynamic Retrofit Energy Asset Management

What info is req’d & where do you get it from? What info is assumed?

When it comes to asset management software, today’s housing manager is spoilt for choice, which can actually have a paralysing impact on the customer – too much choice can be a bad thing. Watch a dad who has been sent to Tesco to buy nappies for his new born to see what I mean!

It’s important that the software you chose is fit for purpose and agile enough to change with you, scalable yet simple to use. There are lots of platforms that have developed over decades that have so many limbs they resemble a Hindu God! Yet there a few that are embracing the cloud and more agile business models like software as a service – SaaS for short – to give the user a better experience.

 

Software decisions

Admittedly, the choice is rather limited if it’s energy advice you require and smaller yet if its impartial advice you need and positively tiny if you would like to automate much of the workload entailed in leveraging grants and optimising budgets.

IRT are 16 years old this year, in fact we just celebrated our birthday in January and we have been working within the social housing sector for the majority of that time. Listening to the challenges of the sector and working hard to help our client overcome the hurdles, understand legislation, makes sense of data and try our best to ensure they spend their money wisely. The culmination of our experience led us to develop two software platforms that deliver a similar thing, but in two radically different ways. But let me back track a little if I may.

One thing we noticed in the sector was the variety of software and data out there. Plenty of clients are using Microsoft Excel and Access as their asset management tools, whilst others have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds developing their own bespoke software. Many small providers can’t afford the latter and see the risks in using the former and end up using a decent off the shelf tool, but then spending years trying to shoehorn their own agenda into something that was never designed to do what they are attempting.

There surely is a Goldilocks (this software is just right) amount to spend on software? Excel is free (ish) but in-appropriate. “Bespoke” ties you to a developer for evermore and adding limbs to a top heavy torso is expensive and recipe for instability.

A new approach

DREam is a fresh, new, innovative energy analysis platform designed from the ground up for the social housing sector. It’s an online, cloud based, subscription model. It’s fast, low cost & license free. No software, no hardware upgrades and no limit to the amount of houses or users – it really is a new way of assessing your stock.

The DREam process begins with you uploading your data online. You create an account, login then drag and drop your asset register into the engine. What happens next will save you years of heartache.

DREam backfills the blanks in your data with intelligent assumptions from a database of over 250 dynamic, elastic, templates. We will show you, transparently, how many assumptions it has had to make. EPC’s, EI and SAP ratings are calculated for each home in turn. Properties are geotagged to enable a simple visual interaction too.

The front end of the software shows a clear red, amber, green analysis of your portfolio. A simple, high level overview of performance. Lift the bonnet and look a little further and you can delve deeper into the platform and play with your stock. Mapping tools enable rapid aggregation of homes and simple automated development of retrofit programmes with a known ROI ahead of any spend.

What’s more DREam can automatically alert you when retrofits become economically viable or are legislatively requires. You can update information quickly and easily too – and DREam will re-run SAP and EPC calcs instantly. Ensuring you are always upto date. Always with your finger on the pulse. Handy, if a merger is looming too.

Cloud Based Engine
Automated Calculations
Interactive Mapping