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Cost-Benefit Analytic Tool


Status: In development, beta expected October 2019

View the Pre-beta Analytic engine Demo Video:

Background: The Smart Surface Analytic Tool is a free tool that allows cities to determine the costs and benefits of smart surface adoption in their cities. The analytic engine is based on 6 years of research and development conducted in trial cities including Washington DC, El Paso, TX and Philadelphia, PA—the report Delivering Urban Resilience is the result of this work. The detailed financial model in this report is being expanded for use in all cities with the help of Smart Surface Coalition partners.

Description: Once complete, the tool will allow cities to input their desired adoption level of each smart surface type and see all of the costs and benefits associated with implementing the selected smart surface adoption mix for their city. The tool draws from climate databases, state and national databases, satellite imagery, data from partner organizations, and other industry standard sources in order to determine each cities unique costs and benefits of smart surface adoption. Users will also be able to drill down to see all of the underlying assumptions, raw data, and other features of the model in order to see how their specific results were calculated. Additionally, the analytic engine also allows users to adjust built-in assumptions using their own data. City officials with self-generated data can use their data as inputs in order to customize the cost-benefit analysis for parts of cities.

Support and training: The coalition and its partners, including the National League of Cities, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, USGBC, WaterNow Alliance, AIA, ACEEE and other groups, are also developing training programs for city officials. Assuming expanded funding in 2020-22 the partners will be providing cities with broad technical assistance in gathering data for specialized cost-benefit analysis, and help cities manage the common hurdles that may be encountered in the process of designing and implementing a city-wide smart surface policy.

Coalition Members: Access the staging site and developer site to follow tool development. Please email Rob Jarrell to request login information.