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CARD projects, researchers to be prominent at Energy Design Conference

CARD projects, researchers to be prominent at Energy Design Conference
Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) projects and presenters will be well represented at the 24th annual Energy Design Conference & Expo on Feb. 25-26 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Seven presentations will cover technologies and strategies to maximize energy savings that were developed in part from CARD grant projects. The CARD-related presentations include:

  • “Multifamily Field Results: Energy Saving Potential,” presented by Jeannette LeZaks of Energy Center of Wisconsin, Feb. 25, 3-4:30 p.m. This workshop will report on a recently completed CARD study that characterizes energy use in the state’s multifamily section and identifies untapped energy efficiency opportunities. 
  • “Early Results of Benchmarking of Minnesota Multifamily Building,” presented by Janne Flisrand of Minnesota Green Communities and Patrick Smith and William Weber of the Center for Sustainable Building Research, UMN, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Presenters will report on EnergyScoreCards Minnesota, a two-year utility benchmarking and tracking CARD project that is engaging multifamily housing owners, property managers, and tenants in over 500 buildings.
  • “Energy Savings from Air Sealing Large Buildings,” presented by Dave Bohac, Center for Energy & Environment, Feb. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. Bohac will use results of a CARD project to describe energy savings from and techniques for air sealing large commercial and institutional buildings.
  • “Residential Service Water Heating,” presented by Ben Schoenbauer, Center for Energy & Environment, Feb. 25, 8:30-10 a.m. This workshop will examine the current state of residential water heating and possible improvements, including preliminary results from a CARD project that is looking at the savings potential for heat pump water heaters in Minnesota.
  • “Energy Savings with Window Retrofits,” presented by Gustav Brandstrom, Center for Energy & Environment, Feb. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. Brandstrom will look at two window retrofit products—interior window panels and window films—that were evaluated for their energy-saving potential in Minnesota as part of a CARD funded project.
  • “The 2014 Minnesota Residential Energy Code,” presented by Don Sivigny, Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), Feb.25, 8:30-10 a.m. Sivigny will describe the new 2014 Minnesota Residential Energy Code, to take effect later in 2014, and highlight the changes in the current code. Sivigny will also report briefly on the results of a CARD funded energy code compliance study conducted by DLI.
  • “Promoting Quality Installation of Central Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems,” presented by Scott Pigg, Energy Center of Wisconsin. Pigg will cover key technical aspects of ensuring optimal system performance from new and existing systems and will survey the landscape of utility programs in Minnesota and nationally that encourage good installation practices. The session will include a facilitated group discussion in order to gather further information on Minnesota QI/QM practices and issues among engaged HVAC professions as input into a newly awarded CARD grant focused on increasing the effectiveness of utility CIP efforts to properly install and maintain heating and cooling equipment.

In all, the Conference & Expo will offer 50 seminars and workshops on the latest in energy-efficient building and technologies, renewable energy, best practices, and responsible design. It includes some of the biggest names in the energy and building trades fields. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources will be a partnering sponsor and exhibitor. The deadline for early-bird registration is Feb. 4. To register and for conference details.