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Energy-Efficient Florida Home Building

Course Dates and online registration are available at the bottom of this page.

Course Description:

CEUs: 8 credits

Number of Classroom Hours: 8

Identify Intended Target Group

Architects, Builders, Building officials, Contractors, Educators, Owner-builders, Residential Designers, Utility representatives.

Overall Goal

To educate on the best design and construction decisions for creating new energy-efficient Florida homes while making them more marketable, affordable, comfortable and profitable.

Specific Behavioral Objectives

Students should gain understanding of how to design, construct, equip and market energy-efficient Florida homes.

Method of Presentation

Presentation, discussion and demonstrations.

Method of Evaluation

Class attendance.

Qualification of Instructors

Robin K. Vieira
Buildings Research Division Director
Florida Solar Energy Center
Cocoa, FL 32922

Mr. Vieira has over 20 years of experience in hot, humid climate research. He has been the principal investigator for over 2 million dollars of contracts and grants from industry, foundations and state and federal agencies. He has led research efforts in residential auditing and field evaluation work, survey and statistical work, and computer simulation and analysis work. Rob has presented over 40 workshops and seminars on sustainable development and energy-efficient construction to developers, builders, designers and others in the energy & environmental & development fields. He has written papers for diverse audiences, e.g., Transportation Quarterly, Florida Planning, and ASHRAE Transactions, and was the primary author of one book, Energy-Efficient Florida Home Buildings. Rob helps support builders through assistance with utility programs, Energy Star Homes, Building America, Zero Energy Homes and Florida Green Home Designation. He has directed the work on the cost-benefit optimization, improvement analysis and system sizing features of the State of Florida’s residential code and rating software (EnergyGauge). He was the chairman of the organizing committee of the Florida Green Building Coalition, and serves on the FGBC board. Mr. Vieira has a B.A. in Physics, an M.S. in Applied Solar Energy and an MBA.

Jeff Sonne
Research Engineer
Florida Solar Energy Center
Cocoa, FL 32922

Currently principal investigator for a national energy use in schools assessment. Jeff has served as co-principal investigator for a number of projects including a monitored roofing study, high school energy audit curriculum development project and “Operation: Open for Business!” pilot program.. Pilot project was a joint effort with Florida DCA and the City of Deerfield Beach that provided interest free loans to area businesses for hurricane mitigation and energy retrofits. Extensive involvement with other energy monitoring studies, including site research, system set-up and installation, data acquisition and analysis and reporting. Also significant experience performing residential energy audits, load calculations and energy ratings. He has served as an instructor for home building, HVAC and energy rating classes. Recently assisted with development of PC-based energy use calculation software (EnergyGauge) and primary responsibility for the software on-line help system. Mr. Sonne has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and a BS in Liberal Arts Engineering from Wheaton College.

Date Location Price  

There are no upcoming offerings of this course.

Register online by clicking the above link or by calling (321) 638-1401 and giving your credit card information. Advanced registration is recommended.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is received at least 5 business days before the class begins, otherwise the registration is non-refundable.  FSEC reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient pre-registration.  In that event, all payments are fully refundable.  Registrations are NOT transferable to future workshops.  By registering, you accept this cancellation policy.