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Metzger, Donard; Dunlop, James; Sonne, Jeffrey; Sherwin, John; Anello, Michael; Barkaszi, Stephen; Durand, Steven

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HVAC; Buildings; Energy Efficiency; Solar Thermal


The objective of the project, sponsored by the Florida Energy Office and Sandia National Laboratories, is to test the feasibility of building very efficient residential buildings that when combined with utility-interactive PV power, exert little net demand on the utility during the summer peak demand period.

Two single family homes - one, a super efficient residence with a utility interactive photovoltaic (PV) system, and another, a control home - have been constructed in Lakeland, Florida. The PV residence, or PVRES, was constructed with many measures designed to make it more efficient (Fig.E-1). These include a white tile reflective roof system, solar control windows with wide overhangs, an interior duct system, a high efficiency air conditioning system, efficient lighting, and propane used for major appliances which commonly use resistance electricity (range, dryer and heat). A solar water heater with propane back up provides domestic hot water. For comparison, a building with an identical floor plan, but without the efficiency features, has been constructed to test the concept.

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Reference Publication: Parker, D.S., J.P. Dunlop, J.R. Sherwin, S.F. Barkaszi, Jr., M.P. Anello, S. Durand, D. Metzger, J.K. Sonne, "Field Evaluation of Efficient Building Technology with Photovoltaic Power Production in New Florida Residential Housing." Report No. FSEC­CR­1044­ 98, Florida Solar Energy Center, Cocoa, FL, 1998.

Local Subjects

Buildings - Energy Efficiency; Buildings - HVAC; Solar Thermal


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