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manufactured home
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. Read more
multifamily building
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. Read more
contractors discussing plans
About 13,000 new homes and several hundred multifamily buildings are built in Minnesota each year and many existing homes are added on to or renovated. How do these projects compare relative to energy code? What kinds of beyond-code energy savings opportunities are still out there and how might utility conservation programs help to capture them? Read more
Exterior of the Tierra Linda development. Photo credit: Gordon Walek
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. Read more
Publication
Published: 2010 As part of a larger national project investigating the performance of residential gas-fired water heaters, the Energy Center of Wisconsin has monitored and evaluated performance of several types of water heaters in 10 southern Wisconsin homes. Report number: 254-1 Read more
Dilli and Scott in 1980s
In the first installment of Scott Pigg’s story, he discussed Nepal’s changed landscape that he encountered thirty years after his original visit. Scott now confronts the difficult realizations, after visiting a long-time friend, regarding climate change and how our society impacts our carbon emissions. This is the rest of his story. Read more
Nepal footbridge
Scott Pigg, principal researcher, took a trip back to Nepal this year to visit a spot where he had some personal history. Upon visiting, he had some realizations about the stark differences between Nepal’s landscape thirty years ago and today. These harsh insights support the reasons why our team at Slipstream works so hard to make a clean energy future a reality. This is Scott’s story. Read more
High energy
We conducted an in-depth study of 100 high energy consumption homes in Minnesota. The goal was to help conservation program managers better understand the factors contributing to high usage, quantify the energy savings potential associated with common conservation measures, and identify program strategies that could be used to effectively target those opportunities. Watch our three-part video series IN THIS PLAYLIST: Read more
Apartment building
We also characterized Wisconsin’s rental sector based on a statewide sample of 180 rental properties, ranging from single-family rental homes to large apartment buildings. The study provided a statistically representative picture of building characteristics, appliances and equipment; benchmarked energy usage; assessed energy efficiency opportunities; and explored linkages between energy efficiency opportunities and knowledge, attitudes and behavior on the part of building tenants, owners and managers. Read more
Multi family
We characterized energy use in Minnesota’s multifamily sector and identified untapped energy efficiency opportunities. We also explored energy-related behaviors and attitudes of multifamily building owners and tenants. Our research team sampled 120 buildings across the state; gathered information from building owners and tenants through on-line and mail surveys; and evaluated the payback period of 25 common energy and water savings measures in multifamily housing. Read more
manufactured homes
The manufactured home market offers an affordable housing option—and sometimes the only option—for many would-be homeowners. Residents of manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes) are more likely to be low-income than residents of other single-family homes, and energy costs may comprise a larger portion of their monthly expenses. Read more
heating and cooling system study
We conducted research on residential heating and cooling systems in Minnesota homes to help improve installation and maintenance practices for furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps. Read more
A recent study questioning the savings achieved by low-income weatherization programs has been generating considerable buzz in the energy efficiency community, especially after the Washington Post,  Read more
Publication
  Published: 2008 This report summarizes a field study of exterior duct leakage in 19 new Wisconsin homes. The goals of the study were to quantify duct leakage in homes with exterior duct runs and to compare several methods for assessing duct leakage. Report number: 243-1 Read more