Enel Crowdsourcing Sustainable House Ideas

Published on Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A new digital crowdsourcing platform promoted in Brazil by Enel Group business Ampla will aid the realisation of sustainable home project NO.VA (Nós Vivemos or Amanhã - We are living tomorrow) and encompass urban mobility plans, cleaner fuel, green architecture and design, collaborative economies and healthy lifestyles.

The interactive portal will allow its members to share ideas on how to build a sustainable and environmentally friendly home that is equipped with a range of innovative technologies. The platform, which was launched recently and will be active until the end of June, is a development of the Facebook page Nós Vivemos or Amanhã, which has attracted 35,000 people in just three months and has evolved into a large community of people interested in contributing ideas that help improve quality of life and save the planet.

The initiative will receive an investment of R$5 million (about $2 million US) from the National Electricity Agency's research and development programme, and it will be carried out in collaboration with the municipality of Niterói, the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio). A committee composed of representatives from Ampla, universities, crowdsourcing experts and members of the Arthur Casas architecture firm will select the best ideas to build the house.

Once the crowdsourcing phase is complete, the Artur Casas firm will design the home, which will be built in Niterói – across the across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro – by 2016. The house will become a research laboratory dedicated to energy efficiency and the study of the impact of technology on everyday life. Prátil, an Enel Group Company specialised in smart energy solutions, will develop a water condenser prototype for PV panels.

Head of Ampla Marcelo Llévenes said that NO.VA is a great opportunity to seriously start thinking about energy efficiency. 'We believe in the power of innovation and new technologies to achieve sustainable development of the energy sector as well as of society as a whole,' he said.