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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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  • Mass-Market LED Adoption in the US: An Opportunity for Innovation

    Although the adoption of LED lighting technology has generated vast energy savings, it is throwing the future of US utility rebate programs into question. As energy efficient LEDs saturate the commercial lighting market, they are becoming a mainstream purchase. Despite the increasing uptake, lighting rebates for commercial customers...

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  • Market Data: Residential Energy Efficient Lighting and Lighting Controls

    Non-LED, LED, and Connected LED Luminaires and Lamps

    LED lighting continues to gain momentum and account for an increasingly greater proportion of the installed base of lighting in the residential sector. Declining prices of LED technology, longer life, and increased energy savings have played a role in the growing adoption of LEDs. However, not all consumers understand the value of L...

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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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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Where Is the Growth in the Buildings Market?

    June 14, 2018

    Compared to many new technology markets, buildings technology can be boring, stuffy, and slow. After all, construction is a mature market that just barely outperforms overall economic expansion (see chart below). Buildings are long-lived assets, designed to be built over years and last over decades. Moreover, for most of the world, ...

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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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Recent Press Releases

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