Publications

07.21.16 | 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...
12.12.16 | Article by Jeannette LeZaks and Ingo Bensch, Home Energy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015.
06.03.14 | This presentation explored quality installation and maintenance practices for residential central air conditioning and air source heat pump systems in Minnesota. It covers key technical aspects of ensuring optimal system performance from new and...
09.20.12 | 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.

Videos

12.19.13 | Seventhwave (formerly the Energy Center of Wisconsin), with the funding support of the Minnesota Office of Energy Security and Minnesota Power Company, directed a timely consumer electronics field study on behaviors and usage patterns of homes...

Webinars

03.08.18 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Discuss differences between residential and commercial building thermography. Explain the components of a commercial building electrical and mechanical system that are often scanned with an infrared...
03.02.18 | This session explores both ductless and ducted mini splits, with a focus on the latter. Performance and operation for cooling and heating is discussed, with a focus on cold climate heat pump operation. Case studies on basic installations for older...
03.01.18 | Windows are one of the most important features of a building envelope, allowing us to maintain a connection with the outdoors while we remain comfortable and safe indoors. The window industry has been challenged to deliver see-through products that...
03.01.18 | For years, the question of waterproofing from the inside has dogged Peter. He kept hearing about all sorts of coatings that could “negative-side” waterproof, but didn’t know how to compare the anecdotes to building science. In this session, Peter...
10.04.17 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Describe the role and placement of each control layer in a wall assembly. Discuss wall assembly methods, as well as attachment to the home and of individual parts. Explain wall assembly ventilation...
08.02.17 | As a result of this course, participants will be able to: Articulate why effective radon control in new homes is important. Differentiate between the two types of radon control systems (passive and active). Identify the critical components of radon...
10.31.16 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Discuss advanced framing techniques. Explain how to increase energy efficiency with advanced framing systems without sacrificing strength. Describe how advanced framing systems can be used in...
09.13.16 | 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...
01.21.16 | Learn how to add value to one of the largest purchases of your life, your home, through energy upgrades that also enhance comfort. In addition, take a look at various green certifications and how they provide a roadmap toward the pursuit of a...
10.14.15 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Determine which building practices raise performance while reducing the cost of maintenance and operation. Outline the pros and cons of going beyond Wisconsin's minimum code requirements. Discuss...
12.04.14 | High energy users in single-family homes present the greatest opportunities for energy and cost savings, yet relatively little is known about what is happening in these homes or how energy efficiency and utility programs can engage these consumers...
12.17.13 | Is your energy efficiency and sustainability message falling upon deaf ears? Join us online to learn how to reframe the conversation and discuss the concept of a perfectly efficient home. We'll focus on meeting your customers' lifestyle desires...
12.12.12 | As a result of this presentation, you will be able to: Explain the driving forces behind air, heat and moisture movement Identify heat and moisture transfer mechanisms Describe what creates an effective thermal boundary Specify building details...
10.25.11 | Storm windows, insulating shades, sash replacements, awnings—what good news that we have so many ways to improve the performance of our windows. The bad news is...there are so many ways to improve the performance of our windows! How in the world can...
07.17.11 | Dense-pack sidewall insulation Now you can watch nationally-recognized experts install dense-pack sidewall insulation without leaving the warmth of your home or office. This one-hour video features practical tips developed over years of hands-on...
01.26.10 | View the webinar on-demand: U.S. households are plugged in—there are now about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980. A year-long field study in Minnesota sheds new light on the make-up of this...