13 February 2023

PlaceChangers to help decarbonisation of housing as part of Challenge North Tyne programme


PlaceChangers has been selected for the Challenge North Tyne Accelerator Programme with a proposal to help decarbonisation of North East housing. 

This R&D project will involve two workshops, prototyping, and technical development resulting in a place analytics tool, designed to analyse the energy efficiency of existing homes and provide insights for neighborhood-scale retrofit program strategies.

The project will built on PlaceChangers' Site Insights tool, which enables planners to analyse places based on a wide range of data. 

Sebastian, founder at PlaceChangers said

Tackling the decarbonisation of our existing housing requires effective methods to scope place-based intervention. Currently, energy efficiency data on properties is unnecessarily hard to visualise or understand. To unlock place-based investments, also requires efficient ways to consider land ownership to understand intervention potential on neighbourhood-scale.

Alex Moon, CTO at PlaceChangers said: 

PlaceChangers has a proven track record in geospatial place analysis and have developed site specific analytical tools which are currently being used by various local authorities and firms to understand socio-demographics and access to key social amenities. 

In this programme, PlaceChangers be part of a collaborative group of 50 innovative North of Tyne businesses aiming to create impactful and scalable solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in our region. 

With funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority, and delivered in partnership between the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Innovation SuperNetwork, Challenge North Tyne will bring communities and industry together to bring about scalable and impactful solutions for healthy ageing and decarbonization of homes. 

The Challenge programme is centred on co-creation and peer-learning, and with help organisations benefit from engagement with other cohort members as well as key Challenge Supporters. As part of the programme, the PlaceChangers team will work with stakeholders from major local landlords, housing associations, and local government. 

Learn more about the programme here.

Organisations mentioned

North of Tyne Combined Authority is the funder. It is also a mayoral combined authority which consists the local authorities of Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, and Northumberland, all in North East England. 

North East Enterprise Partnership a public, private and education sector partnership responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. 

Innovation SuperNetwork connect businesses in North East England with the opportunities, finance and support needed to innovate and grow.

PlaceChangers is a startup focused on digital solutions for collaboration and engagement in development and regeneration projects. The PlaceChangers platform helps architects, urban planners, and developers to understand the context of new development proposals through collaboration and intelligent handling of data.