FL Building Commission Approves EnergyGauge Summit Software

February 27, 2012


EnergyGauge Summit is an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art software that offers construction-industry professionals substantial time savings while completing energy modeling calculations for compliance with the 2010 Florida Energy Code for commercial buildings.

The Florida Solar Energy Center® (FSEC®), a research institute of the University of Central Florida, just released EnergyGauge Summit 4.0.  FSEC will be exhibiting the software at the RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, TX on February 27-29, 2012.  This state-of-the-art software provides construction-industry professionals with the opportunity to substantially reduce the time required to complete energy modeling for commercial buildings, incorporating the following 2010 Florida Energy Code Compliance procedures:

  • Total building performance compliance
  • Prescriptive envelope compliance for shell buildings, and
  • Prescriptive compliance for renovations and occupancy changes.

The new version of Summit also contains several improvements and additional features that make it more functional.  They include:

  • Pdf-generated input and output reports
  • Time-of-use utility rates
  • User-defined schedules and profiles
  • Separation of return air distribution system into supply and return
  • Additional fan power allowance for devices in airflow paths in the air distribution system
  • Addition of non-standard chillers, cooling tower, and energy recovery unit.

The 2010 Code implements unmet hour constraints as part of compliance.  To assist with meeting the unmet hour criteria, several additional parameters and options are provided in Summit, including:

  • Option to specify internal loads instead of using default
  • Option to internally auto-size proposed building to minimize the unmet hours for heating and cooling
  • Ability to adjust the system/plant capacity using cooling, heating and fan parameters as capacity multiplier for baseline building
  • Option to override the unmet hour criteria rule.

The Premier edition of Energy Summit includes nationwide climates and offers the automatic federal tax deduction qualification and LEED® energy optimization features.

The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the leading green building rating system in the United States.  The organization mandated that each project achieve at least two energy optimization points in their rating.  EnergyGauge Summit Premier allows engineers to simply enter the design building characteristics and the software calculates everything else for these important point credits, saving engineers considerable time.

The software automatically creates the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 (versions 2001, 2004 and 2007) baseline building; performs the ASHRAE Appendix G rating procedure, and calculates the points achieved for LEED energy optimization.  It also calculates ASHRAE Standard 90.1 compliance, as called for in ASHRAE performance-based energy code compliance methodology.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has listed EnergyGauge Summit Premier as qualified software for calculating energy savings for the energy-efficient, commercial-building tax deduction under Internal Revenue Code §179D.

A free, fully-functional trial version of the new EnergyGauge Summit software can be downloaded at http://www.energygauge.com/downloads/summit.htm.  EnergyGauge Summit retails for $159 for the standard product and $949 for the Premier annual license.

About EnergyGauge®
EnergyGauge energy analysis software is produced and distributed by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida. EnergyGauge is a registered trademark of FSEC. FSEC has been conducting research on energy efficiency in buildings since 1980.  EnergyGauge software products include EnergyGauge Summit for commercial buildings, EnergyGauge USA for residential buildings nationwide and EnergyGauge FlaRes for Florida’s residential code compliance.  Visit www.EnergyGauge.com for more information.

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.

About UCF®
UCF Stands For Opportunity: The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan research university that ranks as the 2nd largest in the nation with more than 56,000 students.  UCF's first classes were offered in 1968.  The university offers impressive academic and research environments that power the region's economic development.  UCF's culture of opportunity is driven by our diversity, Orlando environment, history of entrepreneurship and our youth, relevance and energy.  For more information visit http://news.ucf.edu.

ASHRAE creates standards used internationally for building energy and ventilation performance such as ASHRAE 90.1 for commercial building energy performance.  More information is available at http://www.ashrae.org.

About LEED®
LEED is a registered trademark of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and represents The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. One of the key elements for earning points in the popular LEED rating system is the buildings energy performance.  For new buildings, the applicant can earn one LEED credit point for each 3.5 percent improvement in performance relative to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 using the Building Performance Rating Method in Appendix G of the Standard.  More information on LEED is available at http://www.usgbc.org/.

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the leading authority for the energy auditing and rating industry. RESNET’s Building Performance Conference, February 27-29, 2012, is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, commercial building energy modeling, and improving the energy efficiency of existing homes.



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