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Winter 2007

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new and remodeled homes.
Building America teams provided green home recommendations for new and remodeled demonstration homes.
Photo by: D. Hoak
Schematic of NightCool concept.
Schematic of NightCool Concept.

The liquid-active, closed loop system model.

The liquid-active, closed loop system TRNSYS model.
JCWP-CBA House built by Lansing (MI) Habitat for Humanity in June of 2005
JCWP-CBA House built by Lansing (MI)
Habitat for Humanity in June of 2005.
Building 2 3-D IFC model with HVAC.
Building 2 3-D IFC model with HVAC.
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


FSEC releases EnergyGauge Summit Premier
EG SummitSoftware for automatic creation of ASHRAE 90.1 2001 and 2004 reference building for easy tax code deduction and green building analysis.
Press Release | Trial Software

Showcase Homes Demonstrate Latest Efficient Technologies
FSEC staff monitors and certifies green homes for International Builder Show held February 7 - 10 in Orlando.
Palm Harbor Homes | The New American Home

Publications Now Online

Experimental Evaluation of the NightCool Nocturnal Radiation Cooling Concept: Performance Assessment in Scale Test Buildings
An evaluation has been conducted on a night sky cooling system that uses a sealed attic covered by a highly conductive metal roof which is selectively linked by air flow to provide cooling– largely during nighttime hours.

Executive Summary: Evaluation of the Impact of Vacant Home Space Conditioning Strategies on Summer Relative Humidity, Energy, and Peak Load; Phase II
In the US, about one in four retiree snowbirds make Florida their destination to escape the northern cold. This study was sponsored by FPL as part of its Conservation R&D Program and carried out by FSEC.

Comparison of Solar Hot Water Systems Simulated in EnergyGauge USA and TRNSYS 15
This study compares the simulation methods of EnergyGauge USA and TRNSYS 15 relating to solar hot water systems. This report provides a single information source of the models and a comparison of the results produced by each model.

Measured Impacts of Proper Air Conditioning Sizing in Four Florida Case Study Homes
Testing the benefits of properly-sized AC systems was accomplished via a pre/post monitoring study in existing homes.
Comparing Apples, Oranges and Grapefruit: An Analysis of Current Building Energy Analysis Standards for Building America, Home Energy Ratings and the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code
The results of the analysis are informative, showing not only the differences between the three methods of comparing the energy-efficiency performance of buildings, but also the origins of these differences and their impact.
Energy and Indoor Air Quality Recommendations for Cold Climate Habitat for Humanity Homes
FSEC researchers share their performance testing and recommendations given during the 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project in Michigan.
IFC to CONTAM Translator
This paper describes a software tool that translates three dimensional building data sets of geometry, materials and HVAC components into an input file for the airflow and contaminant concentration simulation program CONTAM.


Designing and Operating Failure-Proof Building Series Offered in Cocoa and West Palm
FSEC has revised this well-received series of courses for anyone who wants to learn how to design, engineer or operate a building that will really work! Limited Space Available.

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