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Summer 2004

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Showcase Home Sketch
FSEC will help The Orlando Not-So-Big-Showhouse design team follow energy-efficient and green building guidelines.
Small USA Map
The seasonal heating and cooling performance of heat pumps and air conditioners change substantially with climate.
Duct Testing
Researchers observed duct testing by line workers to ensure proper technique and offered advice on possible improvements.

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’S Building America Team Will Provide Technical Assistance for Two Orlando 2005 Showcase Homes
FSEC and other USDOE Building America teams are working with consultants Steve Easley, Ron Jones, and the contractor Bradford Building Corporation on author and architect Sarah Susanka’s NOT SO BIG SHOWHOUSE (pdf). The home is being designed for a whole house energy reduction of 40% from typical design and construction. FSEC will coordinate dehumidification, ventilation and solar system design. FSEC will also coordinate Energy Star and Florida Green Building Coalition green home certifications and instrument the home to measure actual energy use.

FSEC is also working with Building America team IBACOS to monitor energy use for the NAHB New America Home being built in Baldwin Park. FSEC is documenting and inspecting progress during construction.

Publications Now Online

Climate Impacts on Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency (SEER)
Heat pumps use outside air as a heat source. FSEC has simulated the variation of performance in different climates.
Publication (pdf)

Optimizing Manufactured Housing Energy Use
An energy-efficient optimized home shows a measured energy savings of 52% for the heating, cooling, and DHW energy use compared to the control unit.

Energy Star Manufactured Homes: The Plant Certification Process
An outline of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR label for manufactured homes. Certification at ten plants in six states is presented, including Blower Door and Duct Blaster test results from over 40 homes.

Greening Our Growth
A two-day program to encourage green development and building will be offered in Ft. Walton Beach, FL in November.
In the News
FSEC's School Utility Report Card project featured in Heating, Piping and Air Conditioning News.
School Utility Report Card Website

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