Picture of Philip Fairey.Philip Fairey
Faculty Admin./Deputy Director
Director's Office

(321) 638-1005


M.A., City and Regional Planning
Clemson University, 1974

B.S., Architecture
Clemson University, 1969

Mr. Fairey has been Deputy Director of FSEC since 1990. He also served as Interim Director of the Center from 2002 to 2004. Prior to assuming the Deputy Director position, he spent ten years at FSEC conducting research in buildings and energy efficiency.

Research Focus:

Mr. Fairey has more than 40 years' experience in building science research. He initiated the building science research program at FSEC in 1980 and, since then, has had primary responsibility for more than 30 major building science research contracts totaling more than $12 million. He has expertise in combined heat and moisture transfer in buildings; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; building energy efficiency; humidity and moisture control; indoor air quality (IAQ); building forensics; energy codes and standards; computer simulation and modeling, and building energy-efficiency rating systems. He conceived and developed the Florida Building Energy-Efficiency Rating System and led the development of EnergyGauge®, a user-friendly, software tool for code compliance, energy ratings and economic analysis. He also initiated and led the development of a sophisticated, finite element, combined heat and moisture transport building simulation software research tool, FSEC 3.0, capable of accurately simulating complex building science phenomena in detail.

He is an active life member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), where he has served as Research Chairman of TC 4.4 on Thermal and Moisture Retarders and as Chairman of TC 4.9 on Building Envelope Systems. He has also served as a voting member on SSPC 140, Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs. He currently serves on ASHRAE’s Residential Building Committee (RBC) and as voting member of SSPC 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings and as past Chairman and current voting member of SSPC 90.2, Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings. He has also served as a member of ASTM C-16, where he chaired the Task Group that developed ASTM Standard C-1158 on Radiant Barrier Systems. He has also served twice as President of the Residential Energy Services Network, Inc. (RESNET), where he currently serves as Secretary and member of the Board of Directors. He is also a founding member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).

Mr. Fairey is author or co-author of four books and more than 80 peer-reviewed technical articles and has received two U.S. Patents. He received the U.S. Department of Energy's National Award for Innovation in Research in 1984 and the University of Central Florida's highest award for research in 1987. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature and has been qualified by the Courts as a Building Science Expert.