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TWH Zero Energy Home
Tommy Williams Homes' first net
zero energy home features a 6.75kWp
PV and solar hot water system.

Photo credit: Dave Jenkins
FSEC's Stephanie Rees, U.S. DOE
program manager for Building
Technologies, Mr. Roland Risser,
and DOE's Building America program,
Mr. George James, place the
Builders Challenge EnergySmart Home
Scale on the La Linda model home.
Photo credit: Subrato Chandra
FSEC's Carlos Colon presents the latest
side-by-side water heating lab results
to ASHRAE visitors.
Photo credit: Nick Waters
Commission Meeting
Florida’s Energy & Climate
Commission members
Photo credit: Sherri Shields
FSEC's Ali Raissi gives commission
members a tour of our laboratories.
Photo credit: Nick Waters
Gossamer Classic Ceiling Fan Airfoils
Gossamer Classic Ceiling Fan Airfoil
Ceiling Fan Prototype
Gossamer Classic Prototype
Infrared Image
This infrared image shows hot floor space between conditioned floors, wind caused
by pushing hot attic air into it (also pointed
out by a warm research engineer).
Photo credit: Chuck Withers
Achieiving Zero Energy Green Homes
12-Course Webinar Series
Students performing
blower door tests on modules.
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
BAIHP Partner Unveils First Net Zero Energy Home
Building America partner, Tommy Williams Homes (TWH) held a ribbon cutting ceremony January 28, and a public open house on January 30, for their first, net zero energy home. This Longleaf Community home located in Gainesville, FL is the first zero energy home constructed by a production builder in Florida. The events attracted more than 375 people and media personnel. TWH is currently constructing their second zero energy home for the “first time home buyer.”
TWH Energy-Efficiency and Green Profile
FSEC Helps Partners at NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) 2010 for the 6th Year in a Row
FSEC's Building America Builder Partners, Palm Harbor Homes (Tempe Plant) and Nationwide Homes participated in this years’ IBS Show Village by showcasing energy-efficient and sustainable strategies while achieving Builders Challenge and ENERGY STAR compliance.  For the 6th year in a row, FSEC assisted with technical and systems design support, which also earned all three show homes NAHB Green Home Program Certifications (pending permanent site inspections).
Homes’ Energy-Efficiency and Green Profiles
ASHRAE Visitors Tour FSEC Facilities
On January 26th, 120 people attending the 2010 ASHRAE conference meeting spent an afternoon touring the Florida Solar Energy Center with stops at our Night Sky Lab, our Manufactured Housing Lab and our Building Science Lab.
Learn about our facilities and tours.
FSEC Hosts Energy Commission Meeting
On January 25th, Florida’s Energy & Climate Commission met at FSEC. The commission conducted their business and toured the center following their meeting.
Learn more about the commission.
Newly Designed Fan Blade, The "Gossamer Classic"
UCF and FSEC is currently licencing a new ceiling fan blade technology to a U.S. manufacturer. The "Gossamer Classic,"  is a fan blade designed with the bottom of the blade flat and conventional in appearance. However, the upper portion of the blade has a true airfoil, which FSEC testing showed was able to increase flow by 20% in side-by-side testing compared to conventional flat blades. While not as good as the 40% improvement seen from the tapered, twisted airfoils in the earlier Gossamer Wind ceiling fans, this new design opens up opportunities to manufacture ceiling fans with a completely conventional appearance from underneath the fan while still providing 20% better air moving performance.
Pubs Now online
Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in 2-Story Florida Homes: Phase 1
Are you having trouble keeping your two-story home cool in the summer and warm in the winter? The first phase of a study to identify air and thermal barrier failures caused by wind washing in two-story homes has just been completed. The study found that repairing these failures saved as much as 33% cooling energy and was cost-effective. Annual cooling energy savings averaged 15.3% and peak demand savings averaged 12.6% for six homes after wind washing repairs.
NightCool: Nocturnal Radiation Cooling Concept - Long Term Performance Evaluation
This report describes the experimentally evaluated potential of a novel residential night cooling concept. NightCool uses a home's metal roof under a sealed attic as a large radiator to the night sky to provide nocturnal cooling. Data is provided for two full cooling seasons.
Miscellaneous Electricity Loads Report Updated
This report addresses the ever increasing percentage of whole house energy use attributable to miscellaneous electricity loads and major appliances. The authors makes recommendations for revising the reference standards. Mechanisms are provided for expanding the number and types of lighting and major appliances that are considered to be rated features of a home.
Southern Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) Final Report
SEEC created many new resources to facilitate dissemination of information on high-performance, beyond-code buildings via new workshops, documents, conferences, Web sites and meetings. Many building professionals learned about energy-efficient techniques and DOE Building Technology programs.
Final Report
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.
Course Description & Dates for 2010
EnergyGauge Class 3 Rater Training
Become a home energy rater. Class 3 Raters can rate new buildings only. Offered March 17, May 19, and June 16, 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Class 2 Rater Training
Become a home energy rater. Class 2 Raters can rate new or existing buildings using site audit data. Class 2 Raters must be certified for Class 3. Offered March 18-19, May 20-21, and June 17-18 2010.
Course Description
EnergyGauge Class 1 Rater Training
Become a home energy rater. Class 1 Raters can 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 March 22-25, May 24-27, and June 21-24, 2010.
Course Description
Building Energy-Efficient Green Homes
Learn how to design, construct, equip and market energy-efficient Florida homes. Offered April 26 and August 9, 2010.
Course Description
Florida Green Home Training
A two-day training course offering green building techniques appropriate for Florida homes. Offered April 27-28 and August 10-11, 2010.
Course Description
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 March 8-12, 2010.
Course Description
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