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Spring 2004
Philip Fairey (left) with Spencer Abraham (right)
FSEC interim director Philip Fairey (left) with USDOE Secretary Spencer Abraham at a Florida elementary school ceremony showcasing the utility report card.
Photo by Blanche Sheinkopf
Daylit, energy-efficient portable classrooms demonstrate considerable energy savings.
Photo by Stephanie Thomas
new book
New books by long-term FSEC buildings researcher Ross McCluney were released on Earth Day.
building science lab
FSEC's Building Science Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility ideal for building science experiments and training.
Photo by Steven Spencer
Current Sponsors - Funding Projects of $50k or more
-CDH Energy Group
-Florida Energy Office
-Florida Power & Light
-USDOE Building America
-USDOE Energy Codes
-USDOE Oak Ridge National
-USDOE Software Tools

-USDOE State Energy Program

FSEC Plays Key Role in School “Utility Report Card” Project
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Florida Energy Office director Alexander Mack help launch FSEC's utility report card project at an Orange County, FL elementary school. Schools receive an electronic report card that tracks and compares their energy use.
Story | Orlando Sentinel (Sub Req'd) | Miami Herald (Reg Req'd)
North Carolina & Florida Performance Enhanced Relocatable Classrooms (PERC) Show 50% Energy Savings
In side-by-side comparisons, prototype energy-efficient classrooms reduce energy bills by 50% or more.
FSEC research scientist Dr. Ross McCluney has authored (and edited, respectively) two new books
Humanity's Environmental Future: Making Sense in a Troubled World is an original work dealing with the long term consequences of our combined energy and environmental crises. It addresses the historical and philosophical bases of these problems in an engaging, easy-to-read manner. Getting to the Source: Readings on Sustainable Values is an anthology of works by noted environmental writers, journalists, and philosophers, with an introduction by the editor. Learn more at
FSEC Building America Team Releases Standard for Clean Air Florida Homes
These standards should result in a house with excellent indoor air quality where allergy or asthma sufferers can breathe easier.
pubs now online

Dehumidification at Part Load
Dynamic building simulation tools provide the best means for engineers to evaluate how well their designs perform at part-load conditions. Unfortunately, most mainstream hourly building simulation tools currently do not predict space humidity levels properly at part load. This paper presents experimental data and confirms the validity of a latent degradation model for single-capacity systems.
Publication (pdf)

Eleven Courses Offered in August
Eleven courses for residential and commercial building industry professionals were offered at FSEC in August.
Course Schedule
in the news

FSEC Research and Development Featured in Florida Engineering Society Journal in April 2004
Two page overview of current FSEC activities.
Article (pdf)

RESNET Selects FSEC's Philip Fairey as New President
Philip Fairey, Interim Director of FSEC, was selected as the President of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).

Article | RESNET Site

FSEC Facility Featured in ASHRAE Journal
March ASHRAE journal article, New Approach to Energy Savings for Rooftop AC, features FSEC's Building Science Laboratory as the field test site for a prototype rooftop unit.
Article (pdf)

This Old House relies on FSEC's Danny Parker to answer question
In responding to question on how to cool a hot flat roof, the magazine requested Danny Parker's advice. Parker recommended the simple solution of painting the roof with a white elastomeric coating.
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