Projects

Statewide Electric Utility Infrastructure Efficiency and Carbon Saving Potential Study

This study will quantify the potential in Minnesota for improving efficiency and reducing carbon emissions through electric utility infrastructure improvements.

Advancing Electric Utility Infrastructure Opportunities

Explore advancing electric utility infrastructure efficiency opportunities in Minnesota through stakeholder engagement.

Using an Aerosol Sealant to Reduce Multi-Unit Dwelling Envelope Air Leakage

This field testing assessed the reliability and cost-effectiveness of aerosol sealing to achieve consistent and verifiable air-tightness levels in multifamily buildings.

Condensing Boiler Optimization

Field study to quantify how operating conditions impact the installed energy savings of condensing boilers and determine the potential for optimization through low-cost upgrades.

Minnesota Solar Pathways

This project undertakes stakeholder collaboration and technical analysis to support Minnesota’s deployment of solar electricity.

Aerosol Sealing in Residential New Construction

This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will provide builders with procedures to easily and economically integrate aerosol sealing into standard construction practices.

Field Study of Intelligent, Networked, Retrofittable Water Controller

This study aims to validate the field performance, cost-effectiveness, direct energy savings, and demand side management capabilities of Sunnovations’ Aquanta smart water heater controller.

Reducing the Energy Cost of Effective Ventilation in Multi-Unit Buildings

Field research to assess multifamily ventilation systems; design retrofits; quantify the energy savings and ventilation improvements; and develop standardized screening, diagnostic, and retrofit protocols.

Window Retrofits: Increasing Window Efficiency Without Replacement

Replacing the energy inefficient windows in existing buildings can resolve heat transfer issues. Many products available today, including window films and window panels, could reduce energy use without the cost of replacing windows.

Commercial Building Plug Load Energy Reduction Strategies

The project goal is to measure commercial building plug load energy savings using available control technologies and occupant behavior strategies.