Jul 17, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Beat Blog highlights a few of Seventhwave's recent initiatives: window-to-wall ratio, commercial plug load and rooftop units. Read the full post.

Jul 11, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Seventhwave and its partners to study and discover the energy and cost savings associated with integrated controls. "Seventhwave is proud to contribute to a national effort to drive innovation in reducing energy usage of our nation’s commercial buildings. We will investigate and share the impacts and trade-offs from integrating LED lighting, daylighting, plug load controls, and zone air flow controls," said Scott Hackel, Director of Engineering for Seventhwave. "This can empower owners and designers to aim for a higher level of energy performance, and improve indoor environmental quality—which also benefits building occupants." Seventhwave will partner with leading lighting control, plug load control, and window film providers as well as Xcel Energy, the State of Illinois, Hennepin County, and the University of Minnesota to test this approach in the Midwest. Read the U.S. DOE's full announcement.

Apr 06, 2017 — The April issue of Facility Executive features an article penned by Seventhwave engineer Jennifer Li about the lighting controls research we conducted in Minnesota. Also visit our webpage to watch our webinar and download the fact sheet and report.

Mar 23, 2017 — Lighting controls allow buildings to achieve significant energy savings in daylit facilities, but improper installation can reduce these savings. Commissioning to the rescue! Check out Net Zero Buildings Magazine's interview with Seventhwave engineers Jennifer Li and Scott Schuetter.

Mar 15, 2017 — The January 2017 issue of ASHRAE Journal features the article "VRF Design Considerations in Cold Climates" by Seventhwave's Scott Schuetter and Scott Hackel. Variable refrigerant flow systems are not widely implemented in cold climates because they typically lose capacity and efficiency in low ambient temperatures. Several strategies are analyzed for using these systems in cold climates that achieve good energy performance and reduce capacity degradation. Read more about this research, download our white paper, and more.

Mar 13, 2017 — Seventhwave's Ben Heymer will co-present Zero Energy Roadmaps: How to Chart the Path to Success along with David Epley, District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; Laura Rodormer, National Grid; and moderator Amy Cortese, New Buildings Institute. Many communities with aggressive climate goals are establishing roadmaps to zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. These plans start with big, bold goals, a strong baseline energy code, a roadmap for energy code adoption over several cycles and a regulatory framework for achieving ZNE. Some methods include outcome-based approaches that address individual building types or third party zero energy certification equivalent pathways. To bolster these efforts, utilities are providing financial incentives through ZNE pilot programs paired with market education highlighting keys to successful design, construction and operations as well as strategies for increasing code compliance. This session will explore a variety of practices and approaches that utilities and policy makers are using to transform the market to ZNE. Download the conference program.

Mar 13, 2017 — The spring 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine features an article by researchers Scott Pigg and Dan Cautley of Seventhwave along with Paul Francisco from the University of Illinois' Building Research Council. The authors discuss their research conducted during a national evaluation of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program.


by Steve Kihm, CFA, Principal and Chief Economist

by Brett Bridgeland, Architect, CEM, LEED AP, Program Implementation Manager

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