Secondary Author(s)

Parker, Danny; Mallete, Michele

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Energy Efficiency; Buildings; Florida; Education


This manual addresses energy efficiency options for new educational facilities in Florida. The recommendations may not be valid when considered outside Florida's hot humid climate or for purposes other than new construction.

Construction funds spent on new construction heavily outweigh (67%) those spent on retrofit, as reported in an annual statistical analysis published by American School and University (September 1992). The comprehensive survey showed that construction funds for new educational facilities nationwide have risen for eight consecutive years, and no region has experienced more growth than the Southeast. Currently, funds spent on energy services (excluding capital outlay, salaries, benefits, and transportation) account for about 14% of the current expenditures (i.e., operating cost) in Florida schools (Eggers, 1994). Data represented in this work shows that for a new facility, energy consumption can be reduced by 43% compared to current construction and design practices with a cumulative life cycle saving of over a quarter of a million dollars for a single classroom building.

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Reference Publication: McIlvaine, J., Mallette, M., Parker, D., Callahan, M., Lapujade, P., Floyd, D., Schrum, L., Stedman, T., Cumming, B., Maxwell, L., Salamon, M., "Energy­Efficient Design for Florida Educational Facilities," Prepared for the Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee, FL., September, 2000. FSEC­CR­1682­00.

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Education; Buildings - Energy Efficiency; Florida


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