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Power Haus
The "Power Haus" home was certified
LEED for Homes Platinum in May 2011.
Photo Credit: Josh Wynne Construction
Power Haus
The "Power Haus" utilizes a 14.4 kW
PV system to help achieve its
negative HERS Index.

Photo Credit: Josh Wynne Construction
Developed by FSEC, the Utility Report
Cards is a web-based Energy Information System that reports and graphs monthly
utility data for schools.
Indian River Graph
By using the Utility Report Cards, Indian River County Schools have reduced their energy use for 7 consecutive months.

Building Performance Matters is a high
school science unit designed to increase student awareness of the comfort and
energy savings benefits of energy-efficient building technologies.

Springwater Homes
Built by Springwater Homes, this home
was involved in Builder's Challenge and obtained a HERS Index of 53.
This is a near zero energy, single story,
three bedroom/two bath home with
1,772 sq.ft. of conditioned space and
a predicted HERS Index of 29.
These three homes are located in San
Antonio, TX. The home above was built to builder standard practice and served as the control, while the other two homes below demonstrated high performance features.
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Remodeling Contractors Sought for FSEC Study
Participants needed for an FSEC study of high performance home renovation with energy efficiency improvement of 30% or more. Projects must be anticipated to start this spring or summer. For qualification criteria and initial screening survey, see "Get Involved" at:
Going Below Zero: HERS Indicies for Certified LEED Homes Continue to Decline
All certified LEED Homes are energy-efficient.  However, a trend towards lower and lower HERS Indicies (lower is better) continues.  In 2010, FSEC and its Green Raters assisted with certification of several LEED Homes with HERS in the 30’s and 40’s.  In late 2010 and early 2011, homes with HERS in the teens and 20’s were certified.  The 2011 International Builders Show brought LEED certification of the KB Home GreenHouse with a HERS of 0 (annual net use of zero).  In May of 2011, certification was completed on a custom home by Josh Wynne Construction, Power Haus – in Sarasota, with a HERS of -22!
Power Haus | LEED for Homes
Indian River County Public Schools Demonstrate Savings
Indian River County Schools took advantage of FSEC's Utility Report Card and has reduced their energy use for 7 consecutive months! The Utility Report Card is a powerful energy information and management tool for school district administrators, facility managers and school board members that was developed by FSEC. The program can also be used in conjunction with the Building Performance Matters curriculum inside the classroom to teach building science and energy concepts as well as fostering energy conservation principles.
Utility Report Card | Building Performance Matters
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New Construction Builders Challenge: Sealed Attic and High Efficiency HVAC in Central Florida: A Year in Review
This article reviews a year’s worth of data on a Builders Challenge certified model home in Central Florida with high efficiency (SEER 21) HVAC equipment, shingle roof and sealed attic configuration. Data from the unvented attic space, which features open cell sprayed foam roof deck insulation, is described along with analysis of humidity levels.
Performance of Four Near Zero Energy Homes: Lessons Learned
This paper presents measured data on four near zero energy homes located in Florida that are a part of the U.S. DOE Building America program. The monitored data are compared to both a benchmark model and the prototype computer simulations.
Measured Performance of Side-by-Side South Texas Homes
As part of the U.S. DOE Building America program, FSEC, CPS Energy, and Woodside Homes of South Texas collaborated to evaluate the performance of three homes in San Antonio, TX with identical floor plans and orientation. One home built to builder standard practice served as the control, while the other homes demonstrated high performance features. These dual-fuel homes provided utility peak electric load comparisons to assess the merit of envelope and equipment improvements.
BAIHP-II Final Report for Budget Periods 1-5
This final report summarizes the work conducted by the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership during the fifth budget period of our contract including highlights from the four previous budget periods, April 1, 2006 to November 30, 2010.
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 27-July 1, 2011.
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 June 13, and Sept. 19, 2011.
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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
Florida Green Home Training
A two day training offering green building techniques appropriate for Florida homes. Offered August 9-10, 2011.
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EnergyGauge Courses
EnergyGauge Commercial Rater Training
This course is designed to teach the methodology of commercial energy ratings in order to accurately assess commercial buildings. Offered August 18, and November 2, 2011.
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 June 14, and Sept. 20, 2011.
Course Description
Commercial Energy Code and Green Building Modeling Using EnergyGauge Summit
This course will teach you how to use the EnergyGauge Summit software. It is designed for first time and experienced users. Offered August 17, and November 1, 2011.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Rater Training
EnergyGauge Class 3 Rater Training
Become a home energy rater. Class 3 Raters can rate new buildings only. Offered June 15, and September 21, 2011.
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 June 16-17, and September 22-23, 2011.
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 June 20-23, and September 26-29, 2011.
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