Building Codes + Standards


We provide expert knowledge and guidance to advance and enforce energy codes.

February 21, 2023

Join our commercial energy code field study for the U.S. Department of Energy

Commercial building owners in the Midwest: join our field study to help the Department of Energy improve energy codes in large buildings.
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October 15, 2022

Inside Chicago's Building Decarbonization Policy Working Group

Slipstream staff give us the inside scoop on the City of Chicago's plan to decarbonize its building stock.
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September 19, 2022

Advanced Building Policies in Illinois

Slipstream is leading a project to advance utility energy efficiency support for advanced building policies such as stretch energy codes and building performance standards
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June 13, 2022

Can Passive House help us build more efficient affordable housing?

Highlights from a study of two side-by-side projects of affordable housing new construction to compare energy efficiency between Passive House Certification and ENERGY STAR.
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January 26, 2022

Savings hidden in the code: The limits of energy code as a baseline

What's a simple climate measure that could save 80 million kWh and over 3 million therms without any new regulations? If you could find one, you'd feel like you’d cracked some sort of code.
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September 29, 2021

Five climate solutions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

This week Congress is expected to vote on an infrastructure package aimed at addressing the climate crisis, job creation, and social justice.
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February 26, 2021

The Fan Energy Index changes how we think about fans

Fans are everywhere in our buildings, but they mostly exist so we don’t have to think about them. When working properly, fans become the white noise of indoor spaces; we only tend to notice them when we’re uncomfortable.
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February 26, 2021

How to Prepare for Building Performance Standards: An Interview with New Buildings Institute

In the United States, existing buildings account for up to 40% of carbon emissions. That presents a huge opportunity for massive energy savings—if only we could set the appropriate targets. 
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March 22, 2017

Window-to-wall ratio and Chicago’s path to deep efficiency

Building enclosure performance provides the largest remaining opportunity for deep energy savings in Chicago’s multi-family building sector. Vast areas of exterior glazing have a greater impact on energy consumption than any other decision in the design of residential high-rises.
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