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About the company

Type
Startup or self-employed

Members type
innovator

Headquarters
120 00 Prague-Prague 2, Tchéquie

Company size
20

Founders
Jiří Tencar

Founded
2012

SDG's

  • Affordable and clean energy

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure

  • Sustainable cities and communities


Social

Website
urban-comfort.eu

Alliance member

ECOTEN Urban Comfort


We provide innovative services to help municipalities to adapt to climate change and mitigate the urban heat island.

ECOTEN is an engineering consultancy firm working on various aspects of built environment and its sustainability. Our activities range from the building scale to the city scale. We concentrate on urban comfort and the problem of urban heat islands. This problem is becoming urgent due to the global warming, causing more discomfort, health risk and power consumption. There are several development strategies which can be employed to mitigate the urban microclimate (such as adding water or vegetation, changing building and ground colours for lighter, using innovative material, etc.). But each neighborhood reacts differently to these strategies due to the complexities of physical phenomena involved. At ECOTEN, we have the solution to compare different urban development scenarios for a given neighborhood and find the more effective to reduce temperature during summer time and improve outdoor comfort.

Offers

Urban Climate Assessment

Description
Urban climate expertise to find optimal design to decrease temperature and improve outdoor climatic comfort in cities.

At ECOTEN, with the urban microclimate simulation, we assess different urban development scenarios for a given neighborhood and we determine the optimal one to reduce temperature during hot period and improve outdoor comfort. We assess many urban variations that affect all aspects of the urban microclimate such as :
 - Building shapes;
- Types of material and surface colours;
 - Trees, grasses, green roofs and walls;
 - Water bodies and humidification of roads.

Our results are quantitative and cover all components of urban microclimate such as air temperature, solar radiation and wind speed. We also calculate the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) which include interactions of all components of outdoor comfort. Our clients can be :
 - City officials, urban planners to get optimum urban developmentals scenarios for new neighborhoods and also renovated ones;
 - Architects and urban designers to confirm the efficiency of their developmental projects and highlight their impacts on the urban microclimate;
- Industrials to demonstrate the effects of their innovative materials and installations to improve the urban comfort. We provide our clients with reports containing analysis, dynamics maps, graphics and videos presenting the results. Our studies are efficient decision-making tools.

Available in
Worldwide

Categories of application
Affordable and clean energy, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities

Sector of application
Clean energy production, Energy distribution & management, Materials and chemistry, Communities infrastructures, Building and shelters

Status
Tested implementation


Heat Map

Description
Map of prevailing heat distribution across an entire city, from Earth-observing satellite data.

We produce urban heat maps from Earth-observing satellite data which is a high definition graphic representation of prevailing heat distribution across an entire city. With this, its possible to identify the hot and cold regions of a city :
→ Cold regions are suitable areas for developing facilities for vulnerable people, such as kindergartens and retirement houses.
→ Hot regions are not suitable areas and hence they should be renovated with urban heat island mitigation strategies.
Our clients are municipalities and stakeholders who are looking for easy ways to visualize temperature in their area for proposing urban development strategies.

Available in
Worldwide

Categories of application
Sustainable cities and communities

Sector of application
Communities infrastructures

Status
Implemented


Solar Map

Description
A map displaying for each roof of a city the potential for electricity production by photovoltaic panels.

A map of a city available to everyone on a website, displaying for each roof the potential for electricity production by photovoltaic panels. The map provides information of the quality of solar electricity production in a way to be easy understandable (good, medium, bad...). The map is on a website and available to all citizens, encouraging them to consider photovoltaic installations. The values are calculated on a 3D model of the city and the weather data considering shadows from various obstacles.

Categories of application
Affordable and clean energy, Sustainable cities and communities

Sector of application
Clean energy production, Building and shelters

Status
Tested implementation