Energy Research Study Seeks Two-Story Homes in 13 Counties

COCOA, November 29, 2011 — The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is seeking qualified two-story homes to participate in a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored “wind washing” study that will begin next month.

Eligible participants will be compensated $50 for the initial study, and up to $680 for those who are selected to participate in the monitoring and repair portion of the project; repair costs will be paid by FSEC. Homes for the study are being sought in the following Florida counties: Brevard, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Marion, Putnam, Flagler, St. Johns, Clay, Duval and Nassau.

Diagram of how wind-driven attic air is pushed into the space between floors.

Wind-driven attic air is pushed into the space between floors.

Wind washing involves the flow of air from an attic space into the floor cavity between the first and second stories of the house. Homes with wind washing are likely to experience increased utility costs and, in some cases, indoor comfort problems.

The FSEC research team will be conducting about five hours of testing in each home. Testing will examine airtightness, air pressure fields in the house, air conditioner performance, duct leakage and attic-to-floor cavity air leak pathways.

Twenty-four homes will be tested. Six of those homes will be selected for repairs, and they will be monitored to evaluate the cooling and heating energy savings from the repairs.

The findings of this research study will help to inform contractors and utility programs on methods for identifying and repairing wind washing problems in homes.

If you are interested in participating in this research project, visit http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/go/TwoStory or contact Jeremy Nelson at 407-243-8197 or jnelson@fsec.ucf.edu.

About FSEC
The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute in the nation. Current divisions and their research activities include Advanced Energy Research: alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel and fuel cells; Buildings Research: energy-efficient buildings; and Solar Energy: solar water and pool heating and solar electric and distributed generation systems. For more information about the center, visit http://www.floridaenergycenter.org or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at 321-638-1015.

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5 Responses to “Energy Research Study Seeks Two-Story Homes in 13 Counties”

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  2. Don Cooper Says:

    I am in Branford Florida in north florida, we are in the process of building a two-story home, with a huge garage attatched. The building is 212 feet long and 70 feet wide, I am very interested in solar and making energy, I am putting in a 70 kw gererator in . would love to talk to someone on setting up solar and what i can do. Please contact me @ 407-948-4664 E-Mail snook56@embarqmail.com

  3. Sherri Shields Says:

    The Florida Solar Energy Industries Association would be a great resource for you. Their members are licensed contractors throughout the state. Check out who is in your area on their contractor’s list here: http://www.flaseia.org/Directory/contractors.htm

  4. Jessie Says:

    I’d love to see the results of this project. Will these be posted here?

  5. Sherri Shields Says:

    The results of this research will be published on our publications database, https://securedb.fsec.ucf.edu/pub/pub_search, and can be easily found by searching for “two story”:

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