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Southern Energy Efficiency Center Final Report

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F
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EPORT
 
Southern Energy Efficiency Center(SEEC)
 
FSEC-CR-1832-09October 2009
Submitted by:
Robin K. VieiraJeffrey K. SonneCharles WithersJames Cummings
 Florida Solar Energy Center
Malcolm Verdict
 Energy Systems Lab, Texas A&M University
Sydney Roberts
Southface
Submitted to: U.S. Department of Energy
 
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Final Report [Draft]Southern Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC)
 
October 2009DOE Project Officer: Mr. Brett Aristegui, DOE / NETLSEEC Partners: Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)Southface Energy Institute, Inc.Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL)Cooperative Agreement # DE-PS26-07NT43185UCF Account No. Florida Solar Energy Center: 2012-6041For questions concerning this report please contact:Robin Vieira, SEEC DirectorFlorida Solar Energy Center321-638-1404Email:robin@fsec.ucf.edu 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Southern Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) is a pilot, high-performance buildingstechnology application center serving a 12-state southern U.S. region. Its overall mission is toleverage the existing interactions and outreach activities of the SEEC principals and partners tosubstantially increase the deployment of high-performance, beyond-code buildings across theregion. Primary funding was from the U.S. Department of Energy Building TechnologiesProgram, administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Additional cost-sharefunding was provided by the State of Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina (in-kind), SouthfaceInstitute and Earthcraft House.In its first phase, SEEC created many new resources to facilitate dissemination of information onhigh-performance, beyond code buildings via new workshops, documents, conferences, websitesand meetings. Many building professionals were educated about energy efficient techniques andDOE Building Technology programs.With the more recent push toward improving efficiency of existing buildings, and new federaland state directives, the demand for knowledge is increasing. The green building movement hasalso created demand; however real world green building performance has been mixed. Buildingprofessionals will continue to need pertinent information from qualified regional buildingscience professionals. More activities and programs like those listed here should be conductedwith emphasis on reaching local groups through ASHRAE, USGBC, ACCA and other
 
3organization chapters. The level of effort and funding should increase in order to realize trueperformance gains.SEEC program major accomplishments include:
 
Development of the
www.southernbuildings.org
website that provides an overview of SEEC and its structure, as well as a number of resources including links to educationalmaterials and information on DOE Building Challenge and Energy Smart programs, as wellas pertinent upcoming training and other events in the region.
 
“Regional Energy Baselines and Measurement and Verification Protocols” report byEnergy Systems Lab. This report presents comparisons of energy policy for each of thetwelve SEEC states.
 
“Review and Recommendations of Existing Methods and Tools for Building EnergyAnalysis” report by Energy Systems Lab. This report presents a comparison andrecommendations for conducting building analysis.
 
“Top Ten Energy Efficiency Tips for Commercial Buildings” Energy Note by FSEC.This document provides recommendations for creating energy efficient commercialbuildings in the SEEC region.
 
“Energy-Efficient Approaches to Relative Humidity Control in Schools” Energy Note byFSEC. This paper provides an in-depth discussion of energy-efficient strategies designed tocontrol relative humidity in schools.
 
“Improving Energy Efficiency in Relocatable Classrooms” Energy Note by FSEC. Thisnote discusses the big impact "temporary" classrooms can have on the energy footprint of aschool.
 
Collaborating to co-host the 16th Symposium on Improving Building Systems in Hot andHumid Climates, December 16-17, 2008 in Dallas, Texas.
 
Co-hosting the GreenPrints conference in Atlanta, GA in March of 2008 and 2009,reaching 300 professionals.
 
Development and initial offering of a 12-course “Achieving Zero Energy Green Homes”webinar series which shows participants how to take a home design from “Code level” tonet zero energy use featuring DOE’s Builders Challenge. Course three in the series is onEnergy Star Water Heating systems, a program introduced in 2008 by DOE. Instructors alsoprepared a page of links to resources for each of the topics, which include home design,envelopes, HVAC, solar systems and plug-loads.
 
Delivered training and presentations to over 1,000 attendees.
 
Development of state resources:
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Analysis of Above-Code (2009 IECC) Residential Energy Efficiency Measures in
 
ONCOR Service Area(Texas)
 
The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of residential energyefficiency and renewable measures that would exceed the 2009 edition of theInternational Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in the ONCOR service territory.

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