- Improving Energy Efficiency in Relocatable Classrooms
Portables or "relocatable" classrooms have been used for years to accommodate growing school populations, especially in the Southeastern United States. There are large numbers of these units in service and many of them need significant improvement or replacement. This report discusses the big impact "temporary" classrooms can have on the energy footprint of a school.
- Top Ten Energy Efficiency Tips for Commercial Buildings
Commercial and institutional buildings vary greatly, from one to another, in size, use, and type of construction. Due to a wide range of building types, this checklist assumes a medium-sized (20,000 to 50,000 ft2) office building located in areas with hot and humid summers. The issues that are raised here may equally apply to schools, churches, theatres, and some retail buildings.
- Energy-Efficient Approaches to Relative Humidity Control
During periods when air conditioning is needed, ideal indoor conditions in school buildings are about 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% relative humidity (RH). This report discusses energy-efficient strategies designed to control relative humidity in schools.
- Regional Energy Baselines and Measurement and Verification Protocols, by Energy Systems Laboratory, March 2009 (Revised August 2009)
This report presents preliminary deliverables of SEEC Subtask 3.1 Define Regional Baselines and Measurement &Verification Protocols, developed and documented by the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) for use by the SEEC member state region.
- Review and Recommendations of Existing Methods and Tools for Building Energy Analysis, by Energy Systems Laboratory, April 2009 (Revised September 2009)
This report presents preliminary deliverables of SEEC Subtask 2.4 Expand the Use of Existing Methods and Tools, developed and documented by the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) for use by the SEEC member state region.
- Achieving Zero: Design of a Ruskin Florida "Dog Park" House,
September 25, 2009
This case study shows the different measures of how the owner and architect have designed the home to achieve the goal of Net Zero Energy. They have also combined high efficiency and on-site grid-connected solar power.
- Renewable Energy in the South, by Marilyn A. Brown, Etan Gumerman, Youngsun Baek, Joy Wang, Cullen Morris, and Yu Wang, December 2010 (pdf - 6.3MB)
The purpose of this report is to provide an upto-
date assessment of the economic potential for expanding renewable electricity generation in
- Final Report:
Southern Energy Efficiency Center
by Florida Solar Energy Center, Energy Systems Lab, Texas A&M University, and Southface, October 2009 (pdf - 6.7MB)
SEEC created many new resources to facilitate dissemination of information on high-performance, beyond code buildings via new workshops, documents, conferences, websites and meetings. Many building professionals were educated about energy efficient techniques and DOE Building Technology programs.
- Analysis of Above-Code (2009 IECC)
Residential Energy Efficiency Measures in ONCOR Service Area, by Energy Systems Laboratory, August 2009
(Revised September 2009)
The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of residential energy efficiency and renewable measures that would exceed the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in the ONCOR service territory. This information is useful to homebuilders, utility demand side energy managers, homeowners and others who wish to construct buildings that exceed the minimum national energy code requirements.
- Energy Efficiency Cost-Effectiveness Tests for Residential Energy Code Update Processes by Philip Fairey, February 2009
To assist in developing a rule for a cost effectiveness test for the Florida Building Code, the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has contracted with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) to draft this report on economic indicators and to make recommendations on economic assessment standards that might be included in a cost effectiveness test rule.
- Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards for Florida
February 26, 2008 [PDF 139K]
This report examines cost effective appliance and equipment standards not covered by federal energy legislation. Per the Governor's Executive Order 07-127, this report identifies and recommends Florida energy conservation standards for products that consume electricity. A total of 17 standards are recommended, each including an estimate of potential energy and emissions savings. Total year 2020 electrical savings from all recommended standards is estimated at 32,817 GWh, or 14.7 percent of Florida's 2006 net electricity generation of 223,751.6 GWh.
- Florida Model Green Building Ordinance
January 25, 2008 [PDF 475K]
This model green building ordinance was developed by the Florida Green Building Workgroup, made up of local and state officials, building officials, industry representatives and conservation advocates.
- SEEC Overview and Mission
This document is an overview of the SEEC mission, SEEC three principals (Florida Solar Energy Center, Southface, and Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab), SEEC partners, SEEC tasks, and SEEC delivery and process.
- SEEC Stakeholder Meeting Presentation - Dec. 17, 2008
This presentation is an overview of discussion topics presented at the stakeholder meeting held in Plano, TX.
- High Performance Green Building Series Brochure
Ensure yournext green building achieves high performance. This five-course series is taught by building science experts and research faculty of the University of Central Florida / Florida Solar Energy Center.
- Achieving Zero Energy Green Homes Brochure
Learn the key strategies to design, build and operate a zero energy home - a home that produces as much energy as it uses. Course 1 begins June 3, 2009, Sign up now!
Web Sites and Links
- Florida Solar Energy Center's Publication Database
This database contains publications written by the Florida Solar Energy Center's research faculty. Find reports and papers dating back to 1970.
This Web site provides information on green building rating systems, rebates and incentives, helpful calculators and green home case studies.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.