SEDAC uses established relationships with current and former program participants to conduct scholarship to expand understanding of effective strategies to improve energy efficiency in buildings.  SEDAC conducts research defined in close consultation with community partners, and addresses questions emerging from its broad experience with a range of community participants.  For example, in partnership with the Illinois Green Economy Network, SEDAC studied the effect of publicly displayed energy use dashboards on energy consumption.  Based on work with a number of public sector partners, SEDAC developed a conceptual framework for addressing human factors in building energy efficiency.  SEDAC also engaged with a community private sector partner to study the effects of weatherization on multi-family housing.


Timm, S. N., & Deal, B. M. (2016). Effective or ephemeral? The role of energy information dashboards in changing occupant energy behaviors. Energy Research and Social Science, 19, 11-20.


Westervelt, E. (2014, 19-21 May). The Human Side of Retro-Commissioning. Paper presented at the National Conference on Building Commissioning.


Deal, B., Fournier, D., Sliwinski B. (2012). Energy Efficiency In Niche Markets: A Smart Energy Approach. In: J. Osgood (Ed.), Sustainable Economic Development. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.


Deal, B., Jenicek, E., Goran, W., Meyers, N. & Fittipaldi, J. (2011). Strategic Sustainability Assessment. In: A. K. Sinha, D. Arctur, I. Jacson & L. Gundersen (Eds.), Societal Challenges and Geoinformatics. Boulder, CO: The Geological Society of America.


Fournier, D. (2011). The Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Program. Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, 30(3), 25-42.


Fournier, D, Deal, B. (2007) Towards an Energy Efficient Future: The Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Program. Journal of Green Building, 2(3), 52-58.


Sliwinski, B. (2009, 14 September). Watch those reheat systems!  Plant Services.