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CARD Program Webinars & Videos

View webinars or videos related to the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program from the collection below, including recordings reporting on the results of specific RD projects, or documenting general program activities and events.

A Cohort Approach to Wastewater Treatment Energy Efficiency
Minnesota Technical Assistance Project with Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD-funded white paper which describes one approach to achieving significant energy savings in mechanical wastewater treatment plant. The cohort approach delivers tailored training while leveraging peer networks to effectively achieve wastewater treatment plant energy efficiency. The webinar outlines details of the approach, and how this approach may be used as a utility CIP program, including program administration considerations as a result of the geographic distribution of mechanical wastewater plants to achieve statewide energy savings.

Slide Deck (.pdf)

Results and Recommendations from Electric Utility Infrastructure (EUI) Efficiency Studies
GDS Associates – summarizes the results of two recently completed projects that gathered stakeholder input on, and investigated the potential for electric utility infrastructure (EUI) efficiency in Minnesota. Includes discussion of achievable and technical EUI potential in state, key stakeholder feedback and recommendations, and a draft action plan.

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Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Next Generation of Plug Load Control: Tier 2 Power Strips
Slipstream – Discusses results from CARD-funded project which investigated the energy savings and user feedback for two different Tier 2 Advanced Power Strips in commercial buildings. The webinar also provides insights for implementing this strategy successfully.

Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Slide Deck (.pdf)

Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study: 2020-2029
Center for Energy and Environment – overviews results and recommendations from CARD-funded energy efficiency and carbon savings potential study, including an explanation of the in-depth data collection and analysis undertaken by the project team, as well as what the outcomes can tell us about the future of utility-driven energy efficiency in Minnesota.

Slide deck (.pdf)

Q&A Document (.pdf)

Examining the Potential for Prepay as an Energy Efficiency Program in Minnesota

ACEEE – Results from CARD-funded project which both explored the elements of prepaid electric plans that may lead to reductions in electricity usage, and examined potential benefits and drawbacks for utilities and customers. In this webinar, researchers share their findings and make recommendations for how Minnesota utilities could develop pilot programs to better understand whether prepaid electricity plans are appropriate for inclusion in Conservation Improvement Program portfolios.

Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Slide Deck (.pdf)

The Electrified Frontier: Sharing Results from Stakeholder Interviews
Michaels Energy – results from CARD-funded project which interviewed stakeholders, conducted a literature review, and researched technologies on electrification in Minnesota; and serves as an introduction to the topic.

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Small Commercial Sector: Beyond Lighting Program Strategies
Seventhwave – Results from CARD-funded project which took a holistic look at the small commercial sector and used data from surveys and in-depth site visits to identify common characteristics and recommend program strategies for increased participation in energy efficiency programs.
Increasing Residential Boiler Efficiency with Retrocommissioning & Improved Installation
Center for Energy and Environment – results from field study which characterized high-efficiency boilers and investigated potential for practical, cost-effective steps to improve performance of high-efficiency boilers through retrocommissioning and improved installation.

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Improving Energy Code Compliance through Support and Assistance Programs
Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD project which piloted two approaches to improve compliance of individual building projects: the first is to support design teams working on small to mid-sized buildings to minimize rework of plans after submission to the city; the second to provide technical assistance to city plan review staff.

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Overlooked Opportunity: Compressed Air Demand Reduction through Air Tool Replacement
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) – overviews assessment of energy consumption from pneumatic hand tools in Minnesota and the potential for replacing these tools with electric tools, including demonstration of calculator tool developed for businesses to easily identify the costs, benefits and payback from making the switch.

Slide Deck (.pdf)

Calculator Tool

Demand Control Systems Deliver Efficiency in Commercial Hot Water Use
Center for Energy and Environment – Technical overview of CARD-funded study assessing the effectiveness of new demand control systems for domestic hot water systems with recirculation loops. The webinar will cover the performance of six installed systems, recommended approaches for building screening, non-energy benefits of the new systems, and specific recommendations for utility CIPs.

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Intelligent, Networked, Retrofittable Water Heater Controller
Gas Technology Institute with Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD-funded field study which sought to validate the performance, cost-effectiveness, and energy savings of a smart water heater controller installed on 33 water heaters in Minnesota. The webinar provides an overview of the controller, summarize the scope of the field study, and discuss findings and recommendations, including how a control such as this one may fit within utility CIP program activities.

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Advanced Commercial Clothes Dryer Technologies
Gas Technology Institute – discusses the results and program implications from a CARD-funded field study which assessed the performance and savings of two advanced retrofit technologies on commercial clothes dryers: moisture sensors and modulating gas valves.

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Opportunities for Making Minnesota Low Income Programs more Effective
APPRISE, Inc. – Results from CARD-funded statewide policy analysis and evaluation of low-income (LI) programs in Minnesota’s utility CIP portfolios. Outcomes of the study are intended to help Commerce staff and other stakeholders develop a better understanding of how LI CIP programs in Minnesota operate and how they might be made more effective.

Slide Deck (.pdf)

Real Performance in Real Buildings: Using Performance-Based Procurement in New Construction Projects
Seventhwave – Overview of outcomes from a CARD-funded pilot of a performance-based procurement process that allows building owners to specify and include energy performance targets in project request for proposals. Results from both programmatic and customer perspectives on how performance-based procurement works are presented.

Slide Decks (.pdf)

Humidification Retrofits Deliver Residential Furnace Efficiency
Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD field study which installed and tested the transport membrane humidifier (TMH) technology in four Minnesota homes. The device can retrofit the standard older furnaces to make them as or more efficient than new furnaces. This webinar provides a technical overview of the field assessment, measured energy savings, occupant feedback, and evaluation of cost-effectiveness for this type of technology.

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Ongoing Commissioning in Outpatient Medical Facilities
Ongoing Commissioning in Outpatient Medical Facilities

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Field Assessment of Cold-Climate Air-Source Heat Pumps
Center for Energy and Environment – Overviews results from CARD field study testing the potential for the newest generation of air-source heat pumps (ASHP) which, as a result of technological improvements, can operate down to outdoor temperatures between 0oF and -13oF. This webinar included field data and analysis of how ASHPs performed at six different sites, as well as information on occupant comfort, cost-effectiveness, and how ASHPs interact with secondary heating systems.

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Webinar Script (.pdf)

Industrial Battery Charger Field Study
Franklin Energy – Results from CARD field study in the commercial/industrial sector which set out to evaluate the actual performance of high frequency battery chargers in order to determine if they are a viable energy savings measure that can be included in utility Conservation Improvement Programs in Minnesota.

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Statewide Commercial Behavior Segmentation and Potential Study
Illume Advising and Seventhwave – Results from CARD study which measured the human and technical potential of behavior change among Minnesota small and medium businesses with less than 100 employees across key end uses. The study breaks out savings potential by end use practices for different regions and utilities in the state, as well as addresses the human barriers and drivers to adopting these practices within organizations. Results provide utilities in the state with the information necessary to assess savings opportunities and funding needs to support behavioral program development in the commercial sector.

Slide Deck (.pdf)

MNeeo Program Pilot–Expanding New Construction Design Assistance Statewide
Weidt – Results from CARD-funded pilot that explored how utility design assistance programs, which have been successful in incentivizing the installation of specific energy efficient measures that otherwise would not be installed, might be applied to markets served largely by smaller municipal and cooperative consumer-owned utilities in Minnesota where new construction activity is more sporadic. The webinar summarize the results of the pilot including potential and recommendations for future program development.

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Small Embedded Data Center Pilot Program
Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD-Funded pilot program that utilized field studies and stakeholder engagement to gather information to improve the operational efficiency of small embedded data centers in Minnesota commercial and industrial settings. The webinar reviews study findings, recommendations for utility services, and guidance for energy savings in the field.

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The Ons and Offs of Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Effectiveness
Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD-funded field study that characterized representative energy recovery systems in Minnesota commercial and institutional buildings, and identified common problems that diminish their effectiveness compared to their design intent. The webinar will cover study findings, recommendations for utility services, and guidance for operational enhancement in the field.
New Technology for Efficient Multifamily Building Envelope Sealing
Center for Energy and Environment – Findings from CARD-funded study which demonstrated the abilities of an aerosol sealant developed by researchers at UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center to seal leaks in building walls, floors, and ceilings. The webinar will discuss results from testing this technology in multifamily buildings as well as cost-effectiveness, and recommendations on how utilities and contractors can utilize this new technology.
Best Practices to Optimize Commercial Condensing Boilers
Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD field study which monitored condensing boilers in eleven buildings, finding that on average these boiler are achieving just over half of expected savings. The investigation also estimated savings for a number of control, burner adjustment and piping changes that if implemented can improve boiler efficiency, and summarized implications for CIP programs in Minnesota.

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Game Changer: Cost-Effective Duct Leakage Reduction in Large Commercial Buildings
Center for Energy and Environment – Results from CARD-funded field study which evaluated and tested methods for capturing and quantifying energy savings from duct leakage sealing. The webinar provides an in-depth look at the study findings, including duct leakage characteristics in commercial and institutional buildings, retrofit duct sealing efficacy, the potential for cost-effective energy savings and greater operational control of building HVAC systems, and lessons learned from a recently completed retrofit pilot.

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Research Results: Improving Installation and Maintenance Practices for Minnesota Residential Furnaces, Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Seventhwave – Video summarizing results from CARD field study which looked at savings potential and CIP program strategies associated with quality installation and maintenance of residential HVAC equipment in Minnesota. The research included interviews with trade allies, telephone surveys with more than 700 homeowners, field tests on more than 100 residential systems and a year’s monitoring on nearly 60 systems.
How to get Top Performance from your Furnace, Air Conditioner or Heat Pump
Seventhwave – Based on results from CARD field study which investigated quality installation and quality maintenance of residential HVAC equipment in Minnesota, this video addresses the most important steps homeowners can take to get top performance and superior comfort from their systems. It includes what to talk with your installer or service provider about as well as pointers on what you can do on your own.
Measuring Airflow for Residential Forced-Air Systems for HVAC Professionals
Seventhwave – Based on results from CARD field study which investigated quality installation and quality maintenance of residential HVAC equipment in Minnesota, this video is for HVAC system professionals and talks about why proper air flow is important, how it affects system efficiency in the upper Midwest, and the pros and cons of different ways to measure air flow on residential air conditioners and heat pumps.
Commercial Rooftop Units in Minnesota: Characteristics and Energy Performance
Seventhwave and Center for Energy and Environment – Results of CARD-Funded study which characterized existing packaged roof-top units and the new/replacement market for roof-top units in Minnesota. The webinar also reports on the results of monitoring the energy performance in a sample of roof-top units.
Advancing the Last Frontier: Reduction of Commercial Plug Loads
Seventhwave, Center for Energy and Environment and LBH Architects – Results of CARD field research study which demonstrated and measured savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. The study also characterized the types of devices and baseline usage in those offices, and documented occupant acceptance, operational issues and the cost-effectiveness of reduction strategies. In addition to summarizing results, the webinar lays out a number of actions that can be taken by building operators, designers, energy professionals and utility program professionals to combat this growing load.

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Minnesota Manufactured-Home Characterization Study
Seventhwave – Results of CARD large-scale field study of Minnesota’s manufactured homes to identify energy savings potential. The study included a telephone survey of more than 600 residents of manufactured homes as well as detailed on-site data collection of nearly 100 homes. The webinar discusses the research methodology and summarize key findings that can inform energy programs for this particular segment of residential customers.

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CARD 2016 Stakeholder Meeting
Minnesota Department of Commerce – Recording of February 2016 stakeholder meeting on the CARD program, including a description of the RFP process, tips on creating successful CARD proposals, a response to questions about CARD, and an opportunity for participants to offer suggestions and feedback regarding the CARD program

Webinar Slides (.pdf)

The ABCs of Hotel Energy Efficiency: Advanced Technologies, Benchmarking, and Comfort
Michaels Energy – Results from a CARD energy efficiency program pilot for Minnesota hotels which show significant opportunities to reduce energy use with no negative impact to guest comfort and paybacks frequently 2 years or less. Recommendations for utilities, hotels, contractors and regulators on how to better serve this market sector are shared.

Hotel Webinar Slides(.pdf)

Aggregate Economic Impact of the Conservation Improvement Program 2008-2013
Cadmus – Results from a CARD project conducted by Cadmus which quantified and describe the impacts of statewide CIP-related activities and resulting energy savings that accrue through 2032 for eight economic barriers: employment, employee earnings, household income and savings, business revenue, industry production, capital investment and innovation, state domestic product and utility electricity and natural gas rates.

CARD Stakeholder Meeting Webinar Slides (.pdf)

Demand Control Ventilation: Maximize Savings with Practical Approaches
Seventhwave – Results of a CARD field study which investigated demand control ventilation (DCV) in several Midwest commercial buildings. The primary focus of the presentation is on DCV for variable air volume systems and will include discussion of field study results as well as best practices for implementation of DCV systems.

DCV Webinar Slides (.pdf)

DCV Fact Sheet(.pdf)

Hit the Right Note: Task Tuning for Commercial Lighting
Seventhwave – Results from a CARD field study which monitored several commercial building spaces before and after applying task tuning to the lighting systems. The presentation shares proper task tuning techniques and discusses overall research results, including verified energy savings and how task tuning could be included in utility conservation improvement program offerings in Minnesota.

Task Tuning Webinar Slides (.pdf)

Task Tuning Fact Sheet Link (.pdf)

Residential High Users: Causes and Opportunities
Energy Center of Wisconsin - Results from first part of CARD project conducted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin which looked at 100 high consumption homes in Minnesota and identified possible causes as well as the technical and behavioral opportunities to reduce usage. The second part of this study will develop and test potential utility program approaches to address high users.
Optimizing Existing Rooftop Unit Energy Efficiency
Minnesota Center for Energy Environment - Results from a CARD project conducted by the Center for Energy and Environment which investigated advanced technology retrofits such as variable speed drives and optimized controls for commercial rooftop units in Minnesota.
Energy Efficient Technologies for Roadway Lighting
Results from a CARD project conducted by Energy Management Solutions which examined the major design and specification concerns of roadway lighting, and quantified the costs and benefits of upgrading to more efficient street lighting.

Highway Lighting PowerPoint (.ppt)

Roadway Lighting Webinar QA (.pdf)

Improving Energy Efficiency in Convenience Stores
Results from a CARD project conducted by Michaels Energy which identified the opportunities for improving the energy efficiency in a sample of 50 Minnesota convenience stores, and recommended a program design for Minnesota utilities to more effectively capitalize on those opportunities.

Convenience Store Energy Efficiency Webinar presentation (.pdf)

Large Building Air Leakage Testing
Minnesota Center for Energy Environment - Results from a CARD project conducted by the Center for Energy and Environment which is developing diagnostic procedures to identify air leaks and methods to calculate the savings from air sealing large commercial and institutional buildings. This video demonstrates a walk-through of field testing procedures.
Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems: Energy Savings and Practical Applications
Energy Center of Wisconsin - Results from CARD project conducted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin which installed and monitored drain water heat recovery systems in four commercial applications, including an apartment building, a restaurant, a self-service laundry, and a student housing facility.
Implementation of Successful Daylighting Control Systems
Energy Center of Wisconsin - Results from a CARD project conducted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin which measured, analyzed and demonstrated the importance of commissioning daylighting systems in a group of 20 spaces located in a variety of Minnesota commercial buildings.
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