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Eric Martin
Congrats to Eric Martin, Florida's First
LEED for Homes Designated Green Rater
Green Rater
LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop Gainesville, FL on May 13-14, 2010
Stag Horn Villas
Florida volunteer raters assisted Orlando Habitat for Humanity with ENERGY STAR
and FGBC ratings in Stag Horn Villas, the affiliate’s first multi-family community.
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FSEC partners with EPA to provide certification to new single-family homes.
Dr. Subrato Chandra
FSEC's BAIHP Director,
Dr. Subrato Chandra, Retires
Team Florida's Flex House
A conceptual model of Team Florida's
Solar Decathlon entry: Flex House.
Join FGBC for it's seventh Annual GreenTrends Conference & Tradeshow.
BAIHP researchers, DOE personnel
and industry partners attended the
project review meeting at FSEC.
Photo credit; Nick Waters
Students will learn and perform
building diagnostics in accordance to
DCA's Weatherization Program.
Trainiing offered June 7-11, 2010
Hands-on training
The EnergyGauge Class 1 Rater course provides hands-on training to students.
Photo credit: Nick Waters
Current Sponsors -
Funding Buildings Research Projects of $50k or more
-Atlantic Housing Partners
-Florida DCA
-Florida Energy Office
-Florida Natural Gas Association
-Florida Power & Light Co.
-NRDC - Earth's Best Defense
-Southern Company
-USDOE Building America
-USDOE Energy Codes
-USDOE Software Tools
-USDOE State Energy Program
Publications Now Online
Congratulations To:
Mr. Eric Martin, senior research engineer at FSEC, is Florida's first Designated Green Rater under USGBC's new LEED for Homes Green Rater program.
Learn about the Green Rater Program
LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop in Florida
There are currently over 800 registered LEED for Homes projects in the state of Florida!  If you are interested in providing the third-party on-site verification services required on LEED for Homes projects, the LEED for Homes Green Rater Training is literally a must! The LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop is coming to Gainesville, Florida: May 13th and 14th, 2010.
Register Today!
RESNET Raters Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
BAIHP and volunteer RESNET members provide technical assistance to Habitat for Humanity affiliates building high performance affordable housing. Habitat affiliates receive free ratings while volunteers increase awareness of the home energy process in the community. See this and other BAIHP work with Habitat under "Case Studies" on
FSEC Named New EPA WaterSense Provider in Florida
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the Florida Solar Energy Center has been approved by the WaterSense Program as a licensed certification provider for WaterSense labeled new homes. With the release of the Final Single-Family New Homes Specification in December 2009, builders across the country can apply to earn the WaterSense label for their new homes.
WaterSense Labeled New Homes Program
FSEC's Dr. Subrato Chandra Retires
Dr. Chandra began his career at FSEC in 1976. He became acting director of the R&D division in 1982, and then permanent director in 1985. In 2001, Dr. Chandra stepped down from the director’s position to focus on the U.S. DOE BAIHP project. His leadership of the BAIHP team and work with builder partners has beneficially impacted the construction of nearly 200,000 homes throughout the U.S., including several zero and near zero energy homes and the first Builders Challenge home.
FSEC to Advise Team Florida in 2011 Solar Decathlon
FSEC will assist in an advisory capacity to Team Florida students in next year’s Solar Decathlon.  The U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, energy-efficient, and attractive. Team Florida is a multi-disciplinary team representing four major Florida Research Universities: USF, FSU, UCF, and UF.  Team Florida aims to create a zero energy home prototype that will capture the imagination of the Florida public and raise awareness and interest in zero energy homes. 
Team Florida Overview
Seventh Annual GreenTrends Conference & Tradeshow
As the leading certifier of green projects in the state, the Florida Green Building Coalition will connect you to the explosive green building market. Presentations will be delivered by some of the industry's most knowledgeable practitioners and focus on how to overcome the toughest challenges. Talk with exhibitors one-on-one to learn about new technologies or to answer field-related questions on June 2-4, 2010 in St. Petersburg, FL.
GreenTrends 2010 Website
Pubs Now online
Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP II), Annual Report - Budget Period 4 (BP4)
This annual report summarizes the work conducted by BAIHP during the fourth budget period of our contract, January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Progress from the three previous budget periods is included for context.
Annual Report
Building Science Training
Florida Weatherization Training
The five days of classroom and hands-on training allows each student to learn and perform building diagnostics in accordance to DCA Weatherization Program. This includes health & safety concerns, combustion safety, building airtightness, insulation, ventilation concerns, duct system evaluation, and appliance measures. Offered June 7-11, 2010.
Course Description
From Blueprints to Residential Energy Code Compliance
The course will provide students with detailed instructions and examples of how to go from a set of blueprints to calculating the residential energy code. Offered May 17, and June 14, 2010.
Course Description
Green Home Building Courses
Achieving Zero Energy Green Homes - Webinar Series
This 12 course series will teach students the key strategies to design, build and operate a zero energy home. Offered on demand.
Course Description
Building Energy-Efficient Green Homes
Learn how to design, construct, equip and market energy-efficient Florida homes. Offered August 9, 2010.
Course Description
Florida Green Home Training
This two-day training course offering green building techniques appropriate for Florida homes. Offered May 26-27, and August 10-11, 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Courses
Energy Gauge Commercial Rater Training
This one-day course is designed to teach the methodology of commercial energy ratings in order to accurately assess commercial buildings. Offered August 24, and November 4, 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Pro Hands-On Training
Learn how to enter data and obtain Florida Energy Code, Energy Rating and system sizing results with the EnergyGauge USA FlaRes software. Offered May 18, and June 15, 2010.
Course Description
Commercial Energy Code and Green Building Modeling Using EnergyGauge Summit
With instructor guidance, students will learn how to input data into software and generate output reports to determine energy impacts. Come see how easy it is to generate an ASHRAE 90.1 rating, tax deduction and LEED 2.2 credits and reports. Offered August 23, and November 3, 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Rater Training
EnergyGauge Class 3 Rater Training
Become a home energy rater. Class 3 Raters can rate new buildings only. Offered May 19, and June 16, 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Class 2 Rater Training
Become a Class 2 energy rater. Rate new or existing buildings using site audit data. Class 2 Raters must be certified for Class 3. Offered May 20-21, and June 17-18, 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Class 1 Rater Training
Become a Class 1 energy rater. Rate new or existing buildings using both site data and actual field performance tests of the building's energy efficiency. Class 1 Raters must be certified for Class 3 and Class 2. Offered May 24-27, and June 21-24, 2010.
Course Description
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