Refrigeration Thermal Energy Storage Pilot

Slipstream is looking for buildings with large refrigeration systems for a pilot study of efficient thermal energy storage. Continue reading
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Designing a program to put heat pump water heaters in rural homes

When designing residential programs, much of our work involves getting end users to adopt technology that can reduce the carbon footprint of their homes. One of the biggest means of decarbonization is electrification, the practice of adopting electric versions of mechanical systems that would otherwise require fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane. Continue reading
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Reimagining HVAC in New Manufactured Housing

Slipstream, partnering with the University of Central Florida–FSEC Energy Research Center and the Washington State University Energy Program, received nearly $1,000,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to reimagine HVAC in new manufactured housing (MH) over three years. Our project team seeks to evaluate, refine, and field test new approaches for delivering space heating and cooling in manufactured homes to improve energy efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality without significantly increasing production and MH siting costs. Continue reading
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Minnesota building owners: improve your energy efficiency with modern HVAC controls

Nominate your commercial building for a field demonstration of efficient building controls. Continue reading
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DOE Commercial Energy Code Field Study

The U.S. DOE has contracted with Slipstream to lead its Commercial Energy Code Field Study being conducted in the Midwest. We are looking for commercial buildings larger than 75,000 sq. ft. with complex HVAC (heating and cooling controlled by a BAS) to participate in this study.  Continue reading

Be the Future of Buildings

Nominate your commercial building to our pilot program to drive energy savings via state-of-the-art integrated controls. Continue reading
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Iowa Energy Storage Report: Can more storage get us to renewables faster?

In 2020, Slipstream partnered with Synapse Energy Economics (Synapse) of Cambridge, MA to evaluate the benefits and potential barriers of expanding energy storage in Iowa. Continue reading
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Energy efficiency pays off for low-income households

The national Weatherization Assistance Program has been working to reduce the energy burden on low-income households for more than 40 years. And it works! Households continue to reap savings years after weatherization. Households participating in Wisconsin's Home Energy Plus Low-Income Weatherization program can save $500 each year on average. Their homes are more energy efficient and more comfortable—warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. Continue reading
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Codes push building performance forward. Efficiency programs don’t need to be left behind.

Minnesota raised the bar on commercial building energy performance with historic code advancements. Utilities still have a vital role to play in the commercial new construction market. But how will the utility role change? Continue reading
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Add Retro-commissioning to energy efficiency programs to boost savings results

Slipstream’s field study found that programs that add retro-commissioning (RCx) can recapture energy savings that are lost as buildings age. Our report outlines triggers to identify the most promising targets for RCx and the important role training can play. Continue reading