Frequently Asked Questions

Does Pivot work on more than one building at a time? What if I want to use Pivot on my entire portfolio?

We can analyze entire portfolios or even communities according to your goals. For example, Pivot can be optimized for Net Zero strategy development, goal seek by payback, compliance with legislation or GHG reduction. Once the analysis has run, you can drill down to a single building and analyze more deeply from an engineering and financial perspective before you decide to move forward with any project.


Does Pivot only work for retrofitting buildings, or is it appropriate for new builds as well?​

Pivot works for both planning and making the case for retrofit projects or as a design and forecasting tool for new-builds.


Can I use this software to model a net zero building?

Yes. Yes you can.


Is this model a "look-alike" building or a specific building with it's actual systems?

Yes, we analyze the entire building with actual systems. You can zero in on a single system or expand your view to the whole building. Our building energy analysis implements the ISO:52016-1 for coarse-grained low input exploration through deep verification of investment-grade building audits. Start with the data you have and progressively provide more data as you work through Pivot project development process.


How is the ROI or payback calculated? (simple, etc.)

The ROI is calculated as a simple payback based on the predicted energy use reduction. Pivot quantifies the range of possible outcomes from the worst to best cases which explores all significant impactors like, but not limited to equipment performance, weather data and operations. We are working to incorporate financial performance and incentives into the ROI calculations in future releases.


Is this something that will allow us to bring energy assessment in-house?

Pivot provides you with a building engineer and a financial analyst in a box. You can run audits and benchmarking without needing a consultant. When you do need one you have built power in the procurement discussion and their work will be to confirm your results – making the engagement quicker and cheaper.


Is this connected to real-time energy costs?

We default to using regional average costing for energy as we find this is very adequate for the analysis we perform. However, you have the flexibility to provide your unique energy cost data should you choose to do so.


How does Pivot impact my financing?

Pivot analyzes the technical risk of your current or new building energy systems performing as expected. Our risk metrics enable you to transfer that risk to an insurance company meaning your financing is pricing only your credit risk. On a net basis, the overall costs will be significantly lower.


How does the insurance work? Are we required to use the insurance?

The energy savings insurance is an additional, optional solution available on the platform. It guarantees the financial savings from a retrofit designed on the platform – which Pivot will measure post-commissioning. These savings are often used to service project finance while the insurance enables you to finance the upgrades at a cheaper rate.


How does Pivot charge?

Pivot software is provided under a base licence which scales when projects are taken through technical due diligence to obtain insurance terms.​


Have more questions? Get in touch
contact@pivotenergy.com​