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Warm air leakage occurring in our homes represents both wasted heat and additional heating expenditures. In a high density urban landscapes this problem can significantly affect numerous factors including socio-economic and environmental.

ThermCERT is an energy auditing tool which measures thermal efficiency of buildings on a medium to large urban scale. It empowers owners of properties with easily accessible information to identify those worst performing structures which can benefit most from retro-fitting with insulation etc. thus starting to tackle this wastage problem with the worst offenders.


ThermCERT addresses the need for a Europe-wide impartial and easily accessible reporting tool to plan the energy efficiency improvements in our buildings. Thermal infra-red satellite imaging, merged with available ground-based data, in an accessible dashboard allows for the classification of buildings and permits identification, monitoring and intervention in cases of high thermal wastage - thus attacking the worst offenders first.

Reducing thermal waste

ThermCERT provides a suite of tools for targeting/measuring/reporting on/verifying/communicating and promoting thermal efficiency investments in buildings. With this kind of situational awareness reductions in thermal waste, particularly over large areas or in large buildings, can be achieved effectively and vitally this can lead to a reduction in wasted energy and carbon emissions thus allowing a long term economic and environmental benefit.

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ThermCERT - Space Applications for the Future Cities

Energy companies as well as local/national governments within the European Union are required to make thermal and energy use improvements as enshrined in the EU legislation on national energy efficiency action plans.

ThermCERT’s objective is to introduce a reliable and cost-effective mass thermal auditing and evaluation system for wide areas of urban and non-urban environments.

ThermCERT – Space Applications in Support of Future Cities feasibility project:

On behalf of the European Space Agency, Astrosat is currently leading a feasibility project: “Space Applications in Support of Future Cities”. A consortium, led by Astrosat and its collaboration partners, the University of Strathclyde Institute of Future Cities, National Space Centre (Ireland) and Dynamically Loaded, is exploring the feasibility of applying innovative satellite remote-sensing solutions in support of local and central governments whose responsibilities include energy strategy and locally implemented sustainable action plans.

This project proposal addresses the efficacy of cities’ thermal energy efficiency and energy planning. ThermCERT aims to improve the quality of data, resource and energy efficiency management and to enhance thereby both urban and regional sustainability.

The ThermCERT concept won the space application business case GMES MASTERS 2012 competition organised by the European Space Agency, the German Aerospace Centre and the European Commission.

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Key Applications and Benefits

Reliable evaluation: The ThermCERT objective is to introduce a reliable and cost effective thermal auditing and evaluation system for wide areas of urban and non-urban environments

  • Mapping energy resources and assets
  • High data update frequency
  • Impartial information from a single information access point

Benefits: ThermCERT provides cost-effective targeting of “worst offender areas” and tools to measure and maximise returns on thermal investments, including cash paybacks.

  • Sustainable urban planning

  • Urban heat island mapping

  • Efficient and high quality thermal monitoring

ThermCERT can help...

  • Local and national governments
  • NGOs
  • Business and enterprise and other such carbon market actors/customers.