Topic: sustainable design


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
Catalyzing market transformation: Sandra Henry
04.20.18 | The Institute for Market Transformation leads important work unleashing the economic and resiliency potential of energy efficiency in the built environment. Seventhwave is proud that one of our leaders, Sandra Henry, serves on IMT’s board of... MORE
Meet leaders in high performance building design
03.29.18 | Through presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions, the AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture is a forum to help building design and construction industry professionals manage today’s most pressing practice challenges. Join us May... MORE
Seventhwave partners with DOE at Energy Innovators Forum in Chicago
03.13.18 | Seventhwave partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy at an Energy Innovators Forum at the DIRTT Green Learning Center in downtown Chicago in late February. A sold-out crowd of more than 75 interdisciplinary stakeholders discussed strategies and... MORE
Project Haiti: The William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center
12.29.17 | The grand opening of the William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center, otherwise known as USGBC's Project Haiti, will take place in April 2018 in Port au Prince. When the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 left hundreds of thousands of children in need of... MORE
Seventhwave offers free energy analysis tools
12.01.17 | ASHRAE’s High Performance Buildings publication featured several Seventhwave energy analysis tools that are available online for free. These tools and resources gauge the impact of design decisions and help building owners and design teams set... 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
The EUI Analyzer Tool from Seventhwave
11.22.17 | Facility Executive magazine featured an article on Seventhwave’s EUI Analyzer Tool. This tool was developed to support the Department of Energy’s Accelerate Performance utility new construction program. This online energy analysis tool is designed... MORE
Right from the beginning
11.21.17 | Seventhwave’s Brett Bridgeland provided insights on the importance of early design charrettes and scaling performance-based procurement to help owners and design teams achieve aggressive and achievable energy performance goals. 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
Seventhwave pushes the ‘energy-efficiency envelope’ in commercial and residential buildings
07.17.17 | 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. MORE
Ben Heymer to present at the ACEEE/CEE National Symposium on Market Transformation, April 2-4 in Arlington, VA
03.13.17 | 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,... MORE
Accelerate Performance recognized by E Source
02.20.17 | As E Source put it, the year 2016 was tumultuous for energy efficiency. We’re proud to be recognized on their list of top 20 technologies and trends (alongside Amazon, Tesla and others) for our Accelerate Performance initiative—an innovative... MORE
Turning energy goals into reality
02.02.17 | Seventhwave’s Connor Jansen and Dave Vigliotta team with NREL’s Paul Torcellini to help building owners get the energy performance they demand. Performance-based procurement raises the bar on actual energy performance without raising the cost. MORE
Making the business case for building performance
12.09.16 | Seventhwave's Marge Anderson will moderate a panel discussion at USGBC Wisconsin's Annual Meeting on Dec 16 at the LEED triple platinum certified Gateway West Sustainable Facility in Brookfield. This event is open to the public—learn more and... MORE
Iceberg! Is your architecture portfolio on a collision course with sustainable design?
12.07.16 | In the latest issue of Sustainable Chicago, Seventhwave's Connor Jansen and Dave Vigliotta discuss the "unseen reality" of building projects that threaten our progress toward a sustainable built environment. MORE
Seventhwave joins Chicago-based leaders committing to climate action through BIT Building Program
10.27.16 | The BIT Building Program commits to scaling adoption of sustainability best practices in buildings as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. By promoting 16 proven best practices, standardizing ongoing performance measurement and improvement goals... MORE
"Mouth, meet money"
09.08.16 | Seventhwave's Adam McMillen talks to Building Green about performance-based procurement and how the industry is doing on performance outcomes. MORE
AASHE hosts webinar with Seventhwave and University of Chicago
06.24.16 | On June 22, Adam McMillen, director of energy consulting at Seventhwave and Mike Stopka, sustainability director at University of Chicago delivered a webinar on performance-based procurement for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability... MORE
Infusing your design-build contract with energy requirements
06.23.16 | Seventhwave's Adam McMillen, director of energy consulting, and Dave Vigliotta, director of marketing and strategic partnerships, were featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Sustainable Chicago Magazine. Adam and Dave discuss our U.S. Department of... MORE
Web exclusive Q&A - 749 University Row
03.14.16 | High Performing Buildings magazine features an interview with Seventhwave's Scott Hackel. 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
Achieving LEED
12.17.15 | LEED Core and Shell Certified at the Platinum level, 749 University Row sits as the cornerstone to the new University Crossing development on Madison's west side. Read more in the October issue of Architectural Products Magazine, page 90. 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
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
Walgreens achieves net-zero: Masonry wall system contributes to energy-efficient strategy
01.27.14 | The Walgreens project is featured in this article. 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

Blog posts

Four energy engineers walked into a bar...
09.13.16 | Four energy engineers walked into a bar... September 13, 2016 | by Marge Anderson, Executive Vice President, Seventhwave Actually, it wasn’t a bar. It was a dinner party. After the second local, sustainable micro-brew the truth came out. Shanti... MORE

New technology profiles

Advanced design for enclosed parking garages
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About our building
05.14.14 | In November 2013, we realized a dream we've had for nearly two decades—to live our mission by locating our headquarters in a green building.Our space tells an important economic story. The LEED Platinum Core and Shell building is developer-driven,... 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
Codes don't always get enforced, but contracts do: changing the procurement paradigm to drive building energy performance
12.12.16 | ACEEE 2016 paper by Adam McMillen, et al. MORE


Vision and sustainable strategies: our new building
12.19.13 | Frank Greb and Scott Hackel share the vision for our new space and give a brief technical overview of the HVAC system (including variable refrigerant flow geothermal) and lighting/daylighting strategies. MORE
Iterative daylight modeling using Rhino, AGi32 and Adobe Creative Suite
12.18.13 | Daylight modeling is important for understanding light levels, environmental quality and energy saving impacts of early design decisions. Many daylight modeling tools have been developed, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. In this video,... 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
Building a Green Veterans network
04.27.17 | Veterans are ideal candidates for helping our nation achieve its sustainability goals. This presentation will make the case for Green Veterans, share a platform for proven success in engaging veterans, and give you the tools you need to initiate a... 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
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
LEED v4: life cycle assessment in practice
08.02.16 | Demystify the LCA process from start to finish with a mix of concept review, software demonstration and self-assessment. This course explores how Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) applies within the LEED Rating System, including its... 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
Better homes video series
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... MORE
Architectural energy goals (video series)
12.22.15 | As a result of this video series, you will be able to: Describe why building energy optimization is a key component of quality design. Explain why optimization opportunities are greatest in the early design phase. Discuss the design solutions... MORE
Incorporating energy modeling into the design process
04.02.15 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Discuss the critical steps to incorporating energy modeling into the design process. Develop contract language to address the need for scope analysis early on. Explain solutions to common pitfalls... MORE
Climate impact and building resilience strategies
08.26.14 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Discuss the expected climate impacts on Chicago temperatures and building performance. Describe the process used to analyze climate impacts on building performance. List key energy efficiency... MORE
Pursuit of net zero energy: the Walgreens experience
02.13.14 | As a result of this webinar you will be able to: Describe the various definitions of net zero, and how your building projects can utilize these definitions to stretch performance. Explain the strategies and steps involved in designing net zero... MORE
Deep energy retrofits: a holistic approach to greater savings
12.05.13 | Deep energy retrofits serve a dual purpose: not only do they achieve energy and cost savings, but they also have the potential to become a new and robust business model for architects. Making energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings most... MORE
Conceptual energy modeling: clarifying early design opportunities
09.03.13 | Conceptual energy modeling can help to inform many critical energy focused decisions very early in the design process. Early energy-efficiency decisions can help to avoid expensive "re-design" fees, reduce the cost to implement measures later in... MORE
Basic building science—a study of air, heat and moisture movement
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... MORE