SOURCE: PromptWorks


July 06, 2015 09:15 ET

PromptWorks Helps Clean Markets Win a CBEI Commercialization Challenge

Software Development Expertise Is a Key Contributor to B-RIM's Success in CBEI Commercialization Challenge

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - Jul 6, 2015) - PromptWorks, a Philadelphia-based consulting shop delivering customized web and mobile web applications, announced today that its client, Clean Markets, won the Commercialization Challenge conducted by the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) (, a consortium of research universities, industrial firms and national laboratories dedicated to creating pathways to energy reduction in existing buildings.

Leveraging PromptWorks' customized software development capabilities, Clean Markets developed the proprietary patent-pending Building Retrofit Investment Model (B-RIM), an online tool that provides a "business case" for investing in energy efficiency projects. B-RIM demonstrates the financial returns of potential energy investments, as well as financial returns under multiple financing scenarios. B-RIM beat out five other finalists out of an initial 200 energy efficiency software technologies that were developed throughout the U.S.

As the winner, Clean Markets will receive grant proposal support, mentoring services, and networking opportunities from the CBEI's Commercialization Center. Clean Markets can submit the B-RIM business plan to the U.S. Department of Energy as a potential candidate for additional funding.

B-RIM is a web-enabled financial modeling tool used by building owners and energy service professionals to fully understand the financial returns that could be realized from an energy efficiency project's implementation -- without first needing to conduct an energy audit. B-RIM identifies options for financing the potential project. PromptWorks developed B-RIM using regression analysis to create statistical models to make predictions about savings from potential retrofit projects. PromptWorks and Clean Markets designed B-RIM to get more accurate over time.

"We knew that building owners would benefit from a software solution that provides clear information about their energy investments, so we turned to PromptWorks to help us figure out how to develop the software," said Ellen Lutz, CEO of Clean Markets. "Working together with PromptWorks and our development partner, TRC, we developed a robust solution that enables building owners to understand the financial impact of making their buildings more energy efficient, and the best way to fund the project. Partnering with PromptWorks gave us the software development expertise we needed to develop a user friendly experience for our signature product."

About PromptWorks
PromptWorks offers custom software and consulting services for web and mobile applications to help clients engage their customers online, optimize their back office processes, or analyze their data. With decades of software development expertise, PromptWorks' team of industry veterans deliver the best software using open-source languages like Ruby, JavaScript, and Python. Whether building new web apps and APIs or solving scaling issues with existing software, we use the latest development practices such as Agile, pair programming, TDD and XP to complete projects on time and on budget. Founded in 2013, Philadelphia-based PromptWorks brings startup-like agility to the enterprise.

About Clean Markets
Clean Markets ( is working to make the world a healthier place to live by creating viable markets for sustainable natural resources. A woman-owned business founded by former energy executives, Clean Markets brings the perspective of decades of proven success, hands-on business and marketing expertise in the clean energy sector, and a commitment to driving market impact for its clients. Since its inception in 2008, Clean Markets has supported numerous utility energy efficiency incentive programs and assisted more than 1,500 utility customers in receiving financial incentives for efficiency projects.

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