Posted January 5th 2011 at 7:57 pm by
in Making Sense through Diagrams

Energy Efficiency Retrofit Process Diagram

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The objective of this diagramming exercise was to better understand the relationship between energy efficiency retrofits and the challenge of its financing them with respect to academic institutions.

Before I started this exercise I met with a few folks to gather information about the subject of energy efficiency. A conversation with an engineer clarified the energy efficiency retrofit process as a cycle, and quantified risk and return as an important factor in such cycle. An additional conversation with a foundation partner highlighted the role of large scale financing for energy efficiency retrofits and the energy efficiency market of academic institutions.

Once I had gathered all these pieces of information I quickly brainstormed them on the black board and then digitalized them into a conceptual diagram of the Energy Efficiency Retrofit Process, which you see in the diagram above.

I have been using this diagram to convey clear information about the energy efficiency retrofit process and to help further develop projects related to energy efficiency (see bottom left side of my previous diagram post). I have been happy that folks have been able to look at this diagram, understand it and build upon it in such a way that moves their projects. Ultimately, I would like to further develop these diagrams to convey a model for greening minority serving institutions across the U.S. such a Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This post is part of a series called Making Sense through Diagrams. Carlos Espinoza-Toro uses diagrams to understand the world. Each post features one diagram, however rough, and a little bit of information about it.

2 responses to “Energy Efficiency Retrofit Process Diagram”

  1. Ninya says:

    Hi Carlos, you’ve inspired my inner data and diagram geek and I just spent 2.5 hours making a huge diagram about community energy efficiency. Should help BostonCAN focus on possible program expansion/funding and also with upcoming Renew Boston workshop. Contact me if interested in looking at them together – I’ll be at Practice and Values workshop this weekend at MIT for example. I don’t have skills to digitize them and would like to know what tech you used here. Thanks!

  2. Ninya, this sounds fantastic!!!

    I would love to meet with you (I will follow up with you by email).

    I think diagramming exercises truly weaves complex ideas together and convey clear information across stakeholders (community members, government officials, technical experts, etc).