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Blog | August 19, 2020 by Kevin Frost

Building ventilation and the Coronavirus

Slipstream has received several questions regarding building systems and preventing the spread of Coronavirus. Below are answers from our research team about what you can do to prepare your building ventilation system. Q: Does the coronavirus spread through the air? More
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News | August 14, 2020 by Joe Zhou

U.S. General Services Administration chooses Slipstream to test innovative grid-interactive efficient building solutions

We are honored to be a part of two grid-interactive efficient building (GEB) solutions to be tested in U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) facilities. The pilot projects will determine how well these GEB solutions improve building energy efficiency. They will also test the ability to control the building energy system for load shedding and load shifting in order to reduce building peak demand and demand charges. More
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News | August 11, 2020 by Marge Anderson

Rising sustainability star, Charles Hua, joins Slipstream board

Slipstream announced today that Charles Hua joined its board. Hua is an undergraduate at Harvard University studying statistics and mathematics with a minor in energy and environment. He joins Slipstream as the youngest member in the board’s history. More
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News | August 10, 2020 by Melanie Cannon

Suzanne Harmelink re-elected to the Building Performance Association board of directors

Congratulations to Suzanne Harmelink on her re-election to the Building Performance Association board of directors. Suzanne is one of 17 board members which also includes representatives from organizations dedicated to advancing the home and building performance industry.  More
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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