multifamily building

Low-rise multifamily code compliance. Can we do better for people and programs?

Compliance with building energy codes is key to ensure home and business owners benefit from the intended energy savings. If we don’t use effective methods to understand energy code compliance, we can’t establish accurate baselines for energy efficiency programs or understand what energy savings are left on the table. Compliance insight will equip program managers to make the case for compliance improvement and enhancement programs. This is especially important for low-rise multifamily buildings. Continue reading
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Dual fuel air-source heat pump pilot

Cold climate heat pumps provide economic, environmental, and grid benefits Can cold climate heat pumps deliver worthwhile results to homeowners and utilities? How do we design effective programs and product rebates to encourage heat pump adoption? We monitored residential centrally ducted, dual fuel air-source heat pumps in Michigan to find out. Continue reading
Blueprint

ASHRAE actual performance of 90.1-2010 building

How can future versions of the ASHRAE 90.1 energy standard drive more energy cost savings? No studies have been conducted that determine the energy cost savings for buildings that comply with ASHRAE’s standard 90.1-2010 vs. the 2004 version based on utility bill data and building surveys. Slipstream will address this gap by documenting the energy performance of two building types. Then we’ll explore how to improve future versions of the standard to drive energy cost savings. Continue reading
Keller Center

Daylighting a postmodern historic building

Discover daylighting benefits in a beautiful historical building What if you could experience the outdoors—minus extreme weather—indoors? Slipstream’s experience with daylight design and advance building techniques brings the wellness benefits of natural light into the Keller Center in Chicago. People working inside this Edward Durrell Stone postmodern masterpiece now have access to the Harris Family Forum at the nucleus of the building. This four-story atrium is the building’s most prominent feature and connects to the outdoors via skylights. Continue reading
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Load shifting

Utilities: Consider load shifting to avoid cost and emissions in the Midwest  Advancing codes and standards. Measures reaching market saturation. It's getting more expensive and tougher for utilities to meet savings goals. Continue reading
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Cold thermal energy storage

Help your power systems support renewable energy resources with thermal energy storage Cold thermal energy storage (CTES) can help utilities increase renewable energy production. CTES stores energy generated by solar or wind until it's needed by the utility. The University of Wisconsin-Madison partnered with Slipstream to research CTES control strategies that maximize how much renewable energy can be used. Continue reading
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SEDC market characterization in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

Small embedded data centers—your most overlooked opportunity for energy savings Have you considered how much energy your small embedded data center (SEDC) consumes? SEDCs are estimated to account for nearly one percent of the total electricity use in the U.S. As much as one third of this usage is unnecessary, but most energy efficiency programs or IT service providers overlook it. Continue reading
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Smart valves

Will smart valves help solve your building’s HVAC energy efficiency problem? Roughly 25% of Midwest commercial buildings use either chilled or hot water for HVAC distribution. New code compliant hydronic systems are required to have both variable flow control and temperature control to prevent energy waste. In existing buildings, owners prefer to address this issue with a variable flow retrofit. Continue reading
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MGE commercial building analytics and benchmarking

How can a city develop business energy efficiency baselines by building type? We break it down. Do you have the energy and property data needed to understand how buildings in your community or service territory perform against other similar buildings? We worked with Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) to link utility data with property tax data in new ways. The result? A robust dataset that can be used to inform city-wide programming. The City of Madison and MGE wanted to drive more energy savings to help business customers. Continue reading
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Minnesota codes and standards efficiency programs

What is the best way to accelerate the development and adoption of energy efficient technologies? Codes and standards programs are the most cost-effective of all the program options utilities can choose, according to a recent LBNL report. Why? Because standards can impact all major equipment, and codes can impact all buildings, giving the program the widest possible deployment footprint. Continue reading