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Commissioning occupancy sensors

03.23.17 | 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.
Topics: lighting, daylighting

ASHRAE features Seventhwave research: VRF in cold climates

03.15.17 | 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.
Topics: HVAC

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, 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.
Topics: sustainable design

Could air sealing degrade indoor air quality?

03.13.17 | 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.
Topics: weatherization, residential