by Robin Vieira
Jim Valade (left), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and
David Laist, Marine Mammal Commission, watch several
manatees from the strip of land that separates intake
and outtake at Florida Power and Light's Cape Canaveral
Plant. Biologists estimate hundreds spend cold winter
nights by the warm water discharge.
provides history, public perspectives, and recommendations
regarding Florida energy policies.
Photo by Janet McIlvaine
Duct assembly stations become a focus of improvement
and quality control when factories strive to meet to
qualify for Energy Star. Photo shows perimeter floor
duct system with flex duct runs from duct board trunk
to registers. Note this floor assembly will be flipped
over after insulation is completed.
by Steven Spencer
FSEC Researcher of the Year, Danny Parker stands under
Wind fan design he patented.
Solar Energy Center Comes to the Aid of Florida's Manatees
FSEC received a contract from the U.S. Marine
Mammal Commission to simulate thermal conditions in
semi-enclosed refuges to protect Florida manatee populations
from cold stress.
Energy Future Report Completed
FSEC and CPI held stakeholder meetings, public forums,
conducted surveys and convened a panel of experts from
other states in order to derive energy recommendations
for Florida. The report provides general and end-use
specific energy recommendations for a prosperous economy,
healthy environment and secure future for the sunshine
Version of EnergyGauge Com2004 Available
EnergyGauge Com uses ASHRAE 90.1 -2001 as the basis
for comparing commercial buildings, ideal for USGBC
LEED certification and upcoming energy codes. Testing
is ongoing and this version is for trial and feedback,
not commercial use.
a Green and Profitable Work Environment
An informative guide to cleaning and maintenance practices
which provide efficient, productive and healthy operation
of commercial buildings in Florida.
Moisture Problems in Hot, Humid Climate Housing
The Southeastern U.S. experiences hot, humid conditions
throughout the summer months and in Florida, these conditions
can prevail throughout most of the year. This paper
provides a brief summary of the state of the art and
research needs for three areas - Manufactured (mobile)
Homes, Unvented Attics and Slab-on-grade floors.
Airtight Ducts in Manufactured Housing
Data and findings presented here were gathered
between 1996 and 2003 during 39 factory visits at 24
factories of six HUD Code home manufacturers interested
in improving the energy efficiency their homes. Factory
observations typically showed that building a tighter
duct system was the most cost effective way to improve
the product’s energy efficiency.
with Florida’s Green Land Development Standard:
Case Studies and Lessons Learned
The Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc. (FGBC), developed
a standard for green land development. This paper uses
two applicant case studies to illustrate the elements
and flexibility of the standard. Discussion is included
on how a land development standard can be used to augment
vertical construction standards (LEEDTM and
local standards) and can serve as a tool for local communities
and government entities to reward sustainable land development.
Green Development Standard
Proof Series Overflows with Students
FSEC's initial offerings of courses for school facility
managers fill with students trying to learn how to improve
the performance of schools.
Researcher Teaching Course on "Humanity's Environmental
The course, started by FSEC's Dr. Ross McCluney, examines
the wide variety of difficult energy, environmental
and socio-economic problems facing humanity as it struggles
toward a sustainable future. McCluney wrote a 427-page
textbook specifically for the course, which is offered
through UCF's Department of Philosophy.
Parker selected as Researcher of the Year
Principal Building Research Scientist Danny Parker was
selected as FSEC researcher of the year. Danny's many
contributions to buildings research have included cool
roof technology research, energy-efficient school design,
windows research, utility residential research and efficient