Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction

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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.

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

PROJECT OBJECTIVE

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.

PROJECT IMPACT

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.

CONTACTS

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

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