Topic: new construction


Plugging energy into construction planning
06.06.18 | Finance & Commerce profiles our study of one of the first health care buildings in the country to use performance-based procurement, a process in which design and construction teams must meet the energy performance goal set by the building owner... MORE
First Accelerate Performance project honored for community impact, design, construction
11.27.17 | The University of Chicago’s Campus North Residential Commons has won three Design-Build Institute of America awards, including the first-ever Chairman’s Award for Community Impact and Social Responsibility. This is the first project to participate... MORE
ComEd adopts DOE Accelerate Performance pilot as official new construction program offering
08.14.17 | Seventhwave is working closely with leading electric utility provider, ComEd, to launch an innovative new construction program to support customers in achieving superior energy performance. In June, ComEd adopted Accelerate Performance as an... MORE
Nation’s first zero energy retail store
01.05.16 | Seventhwave performed the energy modeling and analysis for the new Walgreens in Evanston, IL. Read an article highlighting the project: Net-zero cost-benefits justify early hurdles (in Builtworlds) Posted November 4, 2015 | Read the case study... MORE
Building on the Best: December 8th in Chicago
11.11.15 | Hosted by AIA Chicago and USGBC Illinois, this event features the expertise of our research and engineering staff. Building on the Best December 8, 2015 | IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law | Hosted by AIA Chicago and USGBC IllinoisRegister today... MORE
Seventhwave implements business new construction program for four Illinois utilities
10.19.15 | Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are new partners with Nicor Gas in the ComEd Smart Ideas® New Construction Service. Seventhwave implements the program on behalf of ComEd and its gas utility partners, providing energy modeling and analysis for... MORE
New procurement approach delivers superior building performance
09.15.15 | Seventhwave, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, entered a $2 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to launch a... MORE
Celebrating LEEDership
08.28.15 | Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC was in Seventhwave’s office on Thursday to help us celebrate a number of LEED achievements. Madison business and policy leaders joined us, Krupp General Contractors, Potter Lawson, and UW Health for... MORE
Seventhwave receives $1 million to advance performance-based design
05.05.15 | Seventhwave will receive $1 million from DOE to demonstrate new approaches for procuring high efficiency buildings through its Accelerate Performance project. Performance-based contracts provide an incentive to build efficiently, encourage going... MORE
ComEd and Nicor Gas win MEEA's 2014 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award
02.04.14 | CHICAGO—A groundbreaking program that has provided technical assistance on more than 200 construction and renovation projects in northern Illinois was recognized with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's 2014 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award.... MORE
Technical design expertise benefits Iowa school
01.08.14 | We provided technical design assistance to the new Independence, Iowa, Junior-Senior High School through the New Construction Design Assistance program of Independence Light and Power, Telecommunications and WPPI Energy. Electric measures... MORE
Moving down the road: Key features and project partners
06.01.13 | Key features 749 University RowMADISON, WISCONSIN An efficient HVAC system, with a VRF geothermal heat pump system and dedicated ventilation system Energy-efficient glass with sun shades on the building's exterior A continuous mineral wool... MORE
G&W Electric builds new sustainable habitat
02.01.13 | (This is an excerpt from the full case study available for download) After years of searching for a new headquarters and manufacturing center, G&W Electric Co., a supplier of power automation systems, switchgear and cable accessories, relocated... MORE
Daylighting analysis of Cannon Design
09.16.12 | Energy engineer Scott Schuetter, PE, LEED AP BD+C, provided daylighting analysis for the new Cannon Design office in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service. He wrote a piece for ComEd's newsletter, excerpted... MORE
Early design assistance, energy modeling lead to award-winning facility
07.26.12 | Energy Center provides MSI General with early design and energy modeling expertise for wind turbine production plant Ingeteam, a wind turbine manufacturer based in Spain, recently established its new 120,000 square foot production plant in Milwaukee... MORE
Chicago market for building and design technical assistance heats up
05.31.12 | In coordination with the ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service, the Energy Center has provided technical support for nearly 70 new construction and major renovation projects in Chicago and northern Illinois in the past year. These projects... MORE
New construction case study: Adler School
12.04.11 | Through our work with ComEd's New Construction Service, the Energy Center consulted with the building design team for the Adler School of Professional Psychology facility expansion project in Chicago, IL. Reducing the lighting power density of the... MORE


Advanced Detailing for High Performance Envelopes
04.13.18 | Advanced detailing for high performance envelopes Envelope detailing impacts thermal comfort, energy use and material degradation. Don’t lose sight of these details in favor of architectural aesthetics or upfront cost control. The performance... MORE


Taking a performance-based approach to building procurement: opportunities for owners, designers, and CIPs
03.29.18 | We studied the viability of performance-based procurement (PBP) to achieve higher energy savings, without increasing capital cost to owners, through early owner involvement, goal setting and energy modeling. The study also examined the role that... MORE
Verified! How performance-based procurement can boost new construction program savings, streamline evaluation, and empower building owners
12.12.16 | ACEEE 2016 paper by Sandra Henry, Claire Cowan, et al. MORE
Searching for savings opportunities in commercial new construction programs
04.15.14 | Utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs for commercial new construction are designed to push building efficiency beyond what is required through compliance with building codes. Yet there are opportunities for increasing the efficiency of new... MORE


Technology in action—market-ready technologies for new construction
04.13.18 | Make market-ready technologies an integral part of your design team’s vision for successful, high-performance design projects. These cost-effective innovations lead to greater opportunities for energy savings. Join us to learn about technologies... MORE
Affordable Housing New Construction Overview
02.01.18 | The ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program affordable housing new construction (AHNC) offering provides technical guidance and incentives for developers of single-family and multi-family new construction and major renovation projects to reduce energy use... MORE
Public Sector New Construction Overview
12.11.17 | Find out how to generate long-term energy and cost savings through the ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program public sector new construction offerings. Maximize benefits and incentives for your next new construction or major renovation project. In this... MORE
Accelerate Performance: turn energy goals into reality
09.18.17 | Every year new buildings are constructed that use more energy than expected. Empowered owners and developers can achieve desired energy performance goals within their project budget through performance-based procurement. What does it really take to... MORE
Radon control options for new home construction
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... MORE
High-performance design in high-rise buildings
01.27.17 | Delve into the topic of envelope performance—arguably the largest single remaining opportunity for deep energy efficiency in high-rise buildings. This webinar focuses on all-glass buildings; debunking common industry myths and making the case for... MORE
Modern framing techniques that work
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... MORE
Sustainable architecture: transform your portfolio
09.07.16 | Every firm has at least one or two showcase projects that have reached aspirational sustainable design goals. How do you achieve those goals across your entire portfolio? It’s a challenge, but not impossible. Join us to examine a holistic approach... MORE
Zero net energy building cost control and feasibility
04.06.16 | As a result of this webinar you will be able to: Describe how to put together quick initial estimates for photovoltaic energy production and building energy consumption. Discuss zero net energy building cost control strategies. Explain how to... MORE
Evolving Wisconsin’s home construction practices: with or without code
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... MORE
Midwest energy codes and policy: reaching full potential
05.03.13 | What strategies will help us deliver on the economic and environmental promises of the Midwest’s energy policy? From a technical perspective, we’ll first take a look at untapped opportunities to achieve deeper energy savings through new construction... MORE