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Summer 2005

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Pros and cons of sealed attic configurations are the subject of a literature review. Photo by David Hoak
White metal roof

The performance of white metal roofing far exceeds others in latest FRF testing. Photo by Nick Waters

Williams House Circa
Williams House Circa 1902, Photo Credit Unknown
Hvac system
New courses will indicate the most important aspects of residential HVAC system design and installation. Photo by: Neil Moyer
Current Sponsors - Funding Projects of $50k or more
-CDH Energy Corp.
-Florida Energy Office
-Florida Power & Light
-USDOE Building America
-USDOE Energy Codes
-USDOE Oak Ridge Nat. Lab.
-USDOE Software Tools

-USDOE State Energy Program


New Tax Incentives for Efficiency and Solar
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) provides new tax incentives for highly-efficient commercial buildings, highly-efficient new site-built and manufactured homes, improvements to existing homes, high-efficiency residential air conditioners and equipment, residential solar photovoltaic and hot water heating systems, residential fuel cell systems, and for fuel cell and microturbines used in a business .

Publications Now Online

Attic Ventilation Literature Review
A literature review that investigates research on vented and sealed attic configurations.

Flexible Roof Facility 2004 Results
Degradation of galvanized metal roof indicates performance similar to black shingle. White metal outperforms others.

Roof type Measured
heat flux
Estimated overall
heat gain reduction
including attic
duct impact
Black shingle Baseline Baseline
Galvanized metal 2.7 % 1.3 %
Galvalume metal 12.2 % 12.2 %
White metal 54.1 % 44.3 %
Full Publication
Cooling Load Reduction and Air Conditioner Design in a 19th Century Florida House Museum
Report shows how a historically passively cooled, uninsulated home underwent measures for saving energy while meeting preservation guidelines. Three basic cooling load reduction strategies were employed to optimize air conditioner design at the Williams house: air sealing, insulation and shading/reflectivity. Full report (pdf)


Two New Courses Designed for Florida HVAC Professionals to be Held in Five Florida Cities in October
Complying with Duct System Requirements of the Florida Energy Code to Avoid Energy and Mold Problems in Homes This half-day course will review Florida code requirements related to return air, duct system airtightness, and combustion/dilution air. Researchers show how current practice often falls short, and how to successfully comply with these elements of the Florida codes. 4 credits, CILB #0008502

Residential HVAC as if Comfort and Energy Mattered
In this course, we'll address common HVAC problems that waste energy and reduce comfort, and how attempts to fix these problems often make things worse. Topics will include: ductwork that works, a balanced treatment of unbalanced airflow, and why and how to size systems right. 4 credits, CILB #0008503

In the News
Assessing Rooftop Gardens
UCF green roof study featured in Florida Today. Story

Green Building
FSEC's Eric Martin and Tei Kucharski wrote the Green Building article for the Summer 2005 Housing News distributed by the Florida Housing Coalition.
Current issues only availabe by hard copy.

Counting Carbons
August's Discover magazine utilized information provided  by FSEC's Danny Parker's on the source end uses of home energy consumption. He is quoted on the economics of investing in energy efficiency. Article (subscription required for full version)

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