In addition to occupied test homes, research will be conducted in highly instrumented laboratories with simulated occupancy. Shown here are the two identical, side-by-side test homes that comprise FSEC’s Flexible Residential Test Facility. Photo courtesy of Florida Solar Energy Center.

Lead Performer: University of Central Florida, Florida Solar Energy Center—Cocoa, FL
Partners: Washington State University Energy Program—Olympia, WA
DOE Total Funding: $1,000,000
Cost Share: $250,000
Project Term: August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017
Funding Opportunity: Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation


This project will work directly with leading production builders and product manufacturers to:

  • Demonstrate and validate high efficiency, variable capacity, ducted and ductless space conditioning systems with optimized comfort distribution and latent control.
  • Test a new "smart" ventilation system innovation aimed at saving space conditioning energy use while improving comfort, moisture and peak load impacts.


This project will study advanced whole-house residential construction practices for production builders that enable 50% whole-house energy savings compared to houses built to code in hot/humid climates.


DOE Technology Manager: Eric Werling
Principal Investigator: Eric Martin, Florida Solar Energy Center