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Florida Solar Energy Center releases EnergyGauge® Summit Premier 3.13
Easy-to-use, state-of-the-art software offers construction-industry
professionals substantial time savings while completing required energy modeling
calculations for LEED® projects.
Cocoa, FL - November 7, 2007 - The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research
institute of the University of Central Florida, today released EnergyGauge Summit
Premier 3.13 at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago. This state-of-the-art software
provides construction-industry professionals with the opportunity to substantially
reduce the time required to complete energy modeling for the commercial construction
LEED® rating system.
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 recently 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.
The software automatically creates the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating
and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard 2004 90.1 baseline building;
performs the ASHRAE 2004 Appendix G rating procedure, and calculates the points
achieved for LEED energy optimization.
At Greenbuild, FSEC also is demonstrating the ability to complete and submit the
LEED 2.2 EA Credit 1 template to the LEED-Online database. This automatic baseline
building-generation and template-completion feature will save the typical energy
modeler many hours of time on each building.
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.
This easy-to-use new software product also calculates ASHRAE Standard 90.1
compliance based on the performance method as called for in IECC performance energy
code compliance methodology. EnergyGauge Summit Premier is an advancement of a
product that is used in Florida for commercial building code compliance by more than
1,500 users. The Premier edition includes nationwide climates and offers the
automatic tax deduction and LEED® energy optimization features.
The Windows-based program uses a DOE2 engine, originally developed by Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory with U.S. Department of Energy support, to perform an
annual 8,760-hour simulation (taking just a few seconds on typical new computers).
A free, fully-functional trial version of the new EnergyGauge Summit Premier
software can be downloaded at www.EnergyGauge.com. The software retails
for $949 per annual license. The Florida Solar Energy Center is offering a discount
of just $899 until November 30 as a special Greenbuild conference promotion.
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. EnergyGauge is on display at the Greenbuild conference at booth 892.
More information at EnergyGauge.com.
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 country. 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.
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.
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 building¿s
energy performance. For new buildings, the applicant can earn one LEED credit point
for each 3.5% 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/.
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.
Scheduled for November 6 - 9, 2007, more than 18,000 building professionals from all
over the world are together for three days of outstanding educational sessions,
renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, networking events, and
the biggest exhibit hall in Greenbuild history in Chicago's McCormick Center.
About the Energy Tax Deduction
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) is the first effort of the United States
government to address U.S. energy policy since the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Among
many other things, the 1,724-page law provides new tax incentives for a number of
solar and energy efficiency measures including tax deductions for commercial
buildings. This provision offers business taxpayers a deduction of $1.80 per square
foot for commercial buildings that achieve a 50% reduction in annual energy cost to
the user, compared to a reference building defined by the industry standard
ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001. Energy costs refer only to heating, cooling, lighting and
water heating, since only these uses are within the scope of the ASHRAE standard and
within the control of the building designer. More information on the IRS procedure
can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-06-52.pdf.
Each of the three energy-using systems of the building: the envelope, the heating,
cooling and water heating system, and lighting system, is eligible for one third of
the incentive if it meets its share of the whole-building savings goal. Explicit
interim compliance procedures are provided for lighting.
New construction in an existing building is also eligible for the tax deduction,
with one-third of the deduction amount for new construction that affects the new
energy-using system (such as lighting or heating, cooling and water heating).
Compliance is determined by third-party inspectors who review the plans and the
actual in-place construction. Energy savings are determined by software that must be
certified by the Department of Energy as meeting criteria of consistency and
accuracy. EnergyGauge Summit has been listed as qualified software by the U.S.
Department of Energy, (http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/qualified_software/).