BUILDINGS Research Projects
PV-GEMS—Photovoltaic (PV)-powered, Grid Enhanced Mechanical Solution (GEMS)—is a whole building retrofit measure. It is an especially appealing retrofit option in cases where achieving significant energy savings through enclosure-based load reduction measures such as wall, window, and roof retrofits are considered not economical, too invasive, or otherwise problematic. Learn More: PV-GEMS
SOLAR Research Projects
Floating solar, also known as floating photovoltaic (FPV), systems are electricity-generating solar panels affixed atop buoyant platforms, sited directly on bodies of water. This research project will monitor the performance, durability, water-quality impacts and biodiversity interactions of four existing U.S. floating solar sites across diverse climatic regions. Learn More: Floating Solar
PAST Research Projects
When Disney wanted to build the largest Sundial in North and South America, they turned to FSEC for advice and assistance on the technical aspects. This artwork was incorporated into their “Team Disney” building to provide distinctive character all its own.
FSEC® and Proctor Engineering Group conducted a study funded by the US Department of Energy to investigate how consistently heating and cooling systems are designed and installed using industry standard practices. Learn More: HVAC Quality Installation Study
Using a full-scale laboratory home, UCF researchers evaluated methods to create an isolation zone in a single-family home where an infected person could remain separated from the rest of the occupants. The researchers found that a basic isolation zone for a contagious person could be created with little cost and effort. Learn More: Isolation Zone to Minimize Infectious Disease
FSEC conducted a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to learn about the indoor air quality in new homes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are partners in this study.
Learn More: Indoor Air Quality Research Study
This federally-funded study in the Southeast looked at how residential “smart” water heaters can help to create a more flexible and efficient electrical grid. Learn More: Smart Water Heater Project