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How we assess the impact of our mission

“Slipstream champions and delivers innovative energy initiatives that produce enduring economic and environmental benefits for all.”  Slipstream’s mission statement drives the organization’s work and guides everything from long-term strategic planning to day-to-day operations. For 40 years, we maintained our focus on this objective by designing and delivering research, financing, training, marketing, and incentive programs that help individuals, businesses, and communities use energy more efficiently and sustainably.  Continue reading
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Slipstream partners with Growing up Healthy to help manufactured homes residents reduce energy costs during winter

Providing solutions to energy challenges is a pillar of Slipstream’s mission. When we can live out that mission while impacting those in need, we are reminded of the importance of our work and why we are grateful to do it. So, when Growing up Healthy, a coalition of organizations and agencies addressing social factors influencing the health of families in Rice County, Minnesota, asked for our assistance we did not hesitate.  Continue reading
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A simple timer reduced energy consumption in a military facility by 34,000 kWh annually

Sometimes the simplest things can have the greatest impact when saving energy in commercial buildings. The key is to identify those opportunities. Slipstream worked for several years with Belkin International and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in a Department of Defense sponsored study to evaluate a Belkin technology designed to identify and quantify specific electric loads operating at any given time. The system works by applying machine learning algorithms to measurements made where electrical service enters a building. Continue reading
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Slipstream Energy Engineer gives E4TheFuture insights on smarter energy savings

Our Energy Engineer, Greg Marsicek, was interviewed by Carina Wallack of E4TheFuture for a recent blog post titled, “Smarter Energy Savings: Technology’s Expert Voices.” Greg was featured with several other experts in the field from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Google, and Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US. Check out Greg’s portion of the interview below and head over to E4TheFuture for the full article.  Continue reading
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Better Buildings: Better Business Conference - A 22-year legacy

At Slipstream, it is our goal to provide the education and solutions for everyone to make smart energy choices. The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference is one way we try to achieve that goal in the residential building industry. Slipstream has been putting on the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference since 1998. Continue reading

Employee caught in the Slipstream: Ben Heymer updates 1900s home

At Slipstream, we have employees who prioritize making their own homes more energy efficient. Ben Heymer, Senior Project Manager in our Chicago office, is one of those employees and featured his home in the Illinois GreenBuilt Home Tour in August. This was the seventh annual home tour where attendees can meet builders, designers, and homeowners behind the green homes and learn energy-efficient strategies to implement in their own homes. The GreenBuilt Home Tour features exceptional, award-winning, and nationally-recognized homes throughout Illinois.  Continue reading
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Celebrate National Weatherization Day with knowledge from our weatherization experts

Slipstream has a rich history supporting the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) locally in Wisconsin and across the country. We develop and deliver building science and programmatic trainings as well as support the development and maintenance of program specifications and guidance. We do this by serving on Standard Work Specifications (SWS), Building Performance Institute, and Home Energy Professional Certification scheme committees. Because of this rich history, it should be no surprise that we are excited to be celebrating National Weatherization Day on Wednesday, October 30. Continue reading
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6 Principles of high performing teams

This blog originally appeared on Colorado State University’s website. Slipstream worked with a team at the Institute for the Built Environment to develop an on-demand webinar on the Integrative Design Process.  Continue reading
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Slipstreamers share sustainability insights in Milwaukee Business Journal

The Milwaukee Business Journal published an article titled, “A Sustainable Surge: Popular support, technological advances and attractive financing propel energy-efficiency and the adaptive re-use of existing buildings.” Our very own Connor Jansen, senior product manager, and Kim Johnston, senior marketing manager, were featured in the article to provide insights on how to make buildings more sustainable, why it is important to do so, what resources are available to help mitigate costs, and what trends are coming for the future. Continue reading
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Employee caught in the Slipstream - Sam's journey to net-zero

At Slipstream, we have employees who want to walk the talk when it comes to energy efficiency. Sam Simonetta is one of those people. Sam considers himself fortunate to be able to live net-zero (NZ) in a home he and his wife, Christine, designed and built -- with a lot of help. As a kid, Sam dreamed of generating his own electricity from wind power, and in 2001 he and Christine decided it was time to make that happen. Their aspirations didn’t take shape overnight though. Continue reading