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News | July 30, 2020 by Chris Schultz-Buechner

Slipstream earns its third ENERGY STAR® Market Leader Award

Slipstream was recently awarded the ENERGY STAR® Market Leader Award for its contribution of 53 ENERGY STAR certified homes throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.  More
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Blog | July 23, 2020 by Steve Kihm

Utility business models: The role of investor value

In the ongoing discussions of the changing utility industry landscape, the term business model is frequently heard, but unfortunately rarely defined in an explicit way. Statements such as “utilities need new business models” therefore ring hollow. The management literature suggests that a business model must: More
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News | July 13, 2020 by Andrea Cherney

Heart of a Building chooses Slipstream to disseminate documentary stories far and wide

Colorado-based Heart of a Building (HoB) and Colorado State University (CSU) chose Slipstream to deliver a series of technical online courses to Slipstream’s and the U.S. Green Building Council’s audience of architects, engineers, and other building professionals. HoB and CSU will create videos of building case studies that focus on ways buildings are transforming from the places we inhabit to spaces in harmony with nature. More
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Blog | July 9, 2020 by Alyssa Spiel

All-electric new homes: Advancing sustainable building in Illinois

Efficient electric homes offer a world of benefits for both builders and home buyers—and a new, exciting way for utilities to incorporate emerging technology into their energy efficiency portfolios.   In 2019, Slipstream was asked to collaborate with an Illinois utility to envision what the next generation of residential efficiency programs might look like. Earlier this year, we launched a pilot with the objective of recruiting Illinois builders to go all-electric while linking solar and EV offerings into an integrated, comprehensive package. More
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Blog | June 22, 2020 by Maddie Koolbeck

Electric outdoor power equipment for a triple win

Electric outdoor power equipment offers a trio of benefits – reduced health impacts, reduced carbon emissions, and lower operating costs. With numerous options in the market and performance matching that of gas equipment, a switch to outdoor electric power equipment is easier than ever.  More
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Blog | June 15, 2020 by Allie Cardiel

How can Minnesota improve their light levels and save on cost?

Lighting in commercial buildings has been the target of energy efficiency programs for years, with the primary strategy one-for-one fixture replacement. However, recent changes to federal standards for fluorescent lamps and more stringent building and product codes, have eroded these program savings. Market changes are forcing energy efficiency programs to look beyond efficacy-based, one-for-one replacement incentives. Research in other Midwestern states shows that LED-lit spaces in commercial buildings are often over-lit, which leads to excess energy usage and dissatisfied occupants. More
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News | June 1, 2020 by Joe Zhou

Texas A&M University partners with Slipstream to improve ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide Series

Texas A&M University chose Slipstream to partner on a two-year ASHRAE research project to optimize supply air temperature control for dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). The goal of this project is to develop optimal control strategies for commercial building dedicated outdoor air systems. This will help utilities achieve their energy saving goals and help government and facility managers save energy - and costs. More
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News | May 29, 2020 by

Should weatherization programs consider non-energy benefits in the cost-effectiveness test?

Weatherization provides more benefits to residents outside of saving energy. However, the Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines don’t allow programs to count improvements that don’t tie directly to energy cost savings. We aim to change that. The results of this literature review could influence the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to include non-energy impacts (NOIs), like health in the cost-effectiveness analysis for weatherization measures. This will lead to more weatherization projects. More
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Blog | May 21, 2020 by Kristin Haas

The importance of examining unconscious bias

What is unconscious bias and why should we talk about it? Unconscious bias is an inherent or learned stereotype about people that everyone forms without realizing it. Our unconscious bias happens in the background of our brains. It’s important to become aware of our bias, to ensure we make the best decisions— personally and professionally. Slipstream started the conversation to educate staff on the importance of becoming aware of our unconscious bias and the impact it has on decision making. More
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Blog | May 7, 2020 by Kiara Fullham

For better homes, is it Net Zero or Passive House?

You may have heard of Barry Schwartz’s famous “Paradox of Choice.” The premise of Dr. Schwartz’s paradox is simple: while our instinct is to believe that more choice is better, too many choices can overwhelm us and make our lives more difficult. More