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Benjamin Freas, Principal Research Analyst

Benjamin Freas

Benjamin Freas is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Building Innovations program, with a focus on energy efficiency and lighting innovations in commercial buildings. His experience includes both market research and technical expertise in the design and construction of buildings.

Prior to joining Navigant Research, Freas was a content director at Hanover Research, where he managed custom research projects for a variety of industries including oil & gas, manufacturing, and transportation. He has also worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager at J.B. Wyble & Associates. Freas is a LEED Accredited Professional and he holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland as well as an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Recent Reports

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  • Intelligent Buildings Market Overview

    Hardware, Software, and Services for Intelligent Building Solutions:

    Digital transformation is redefining business processes across industries. A foundation of IT infrastructure, data, and analytics offers customers new insight, directs their decision-making, and creates new opportunities to use core assets in different ways. The digital transformation of the electric grid, which Navigant Research ha...

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  • Global Building Stock Database

    Commercial and Residential Building Floor Space

    Commercial, residential, and industrial buildings are responsible for nearly half of all global energy consumption and GHG emissions. Humans also spend almost 90% of their time indoors, making indoor environments a critical component of health and well-being, productivity, and safety. Quantifying the size of the global building stoc...

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  • Exelon Utilities Plug-in Vehicle Population Distribution Forecast

    The population distribution forecast is a product of Navigant’s VAST™ model and has been adapted here to reflect the possible impacts of Exelon Utility led programs to support local plug-in vehicle markets. Results provided here include a 2018-2027 plug-in vehicle population forecast for all U.S. states, for all Exelon operating company service territories, and for the collection of zip code tabulation areas of each operating company’s service territory.

    The population distribution forecast is a product of Navigant’s VAST™ model and has been adapted here to reflect the possible impacts of Exelon Utility led programs to support local plug-in vehicle markets. Results provided here include a 2018-2027 plug-in vehicle population forecast for all U.S. states, for all Exelon operating...

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  • Lighting as a Service

    Third-Party Management of Lighting Systems in Commercial Buildings:

    The lighting industry is in the midst of change as LED lighting becomes more and more popular and lighting controls continue to improve. Due to the evolving market, customers are unsure of lighting products and systems that are needed to stay current and maximize the bottom line of business. Energy efficient decision makers within t...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Beyond Energy and Pizza

    November 7, 2017

    As November rolls through and autumn settles in the Northern Hemisphere, attention quite naturally turns to energy. Not only was October Energy Action month, but the changing of seasons marks a time to reflect on how the built environment consumes energy. As we put our air conditioners away and turn our heaters on, autumn gives us t...

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  • Transforming the Way We Live, Work, and Move with Wireless Power: Part 2

    May 17, 2017

    This post originally appeared on the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge website. Development of any new technology, particularly one that goes to market in a technology licensing business model, cannot be performed in a bubble. It requires the feedback of users to refine future advances. There simply is no market for a technology tha...

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  • Transforming the Way We Live, Work, and Move with Wireless Power: Part 1

    May 8, 2017

    This post originally appeared on the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge website. Nikola Tesla first experimented with transmitting power without wires at the turn of the 20th century. Until recently, the concept has remained impractical and expensive in everyday applications. Today, the proliferation of mobile phones, electrificatio...

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  • It Happened Again: Another Leak

    March 10, 2017

    A major cybersecurity vulnerability has happened again. A bug in the code of Cloudflare, a provider of content delivery networks, Internet security services, and distributed domain name services, appears to have leaked encrypted, private data from some of the company’s 4 million clients. According to security researcher Tavis Orm...

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Recent Press Releases

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