For Immediate Release


Contact: Sherri Shields
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1019
FAX: (321) 638-1010
EnergyGauge® Summit Premier 3.15 Saves Energy Modelers Time
This easy-to-use, state-of-the-art software offers construction-industry
professionals substantial time savings while completing required energy modeling
calculations for LEED® projects.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of
Central Florida, today released EnergyGauge Summit Premier 3.15. FSEC will be
exhibiting the software at the Greenbuild conference in Boston Nov. 19 - 21. 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. It also offers a time-saving
automatic federal tax deduction qualification feature.

Summit Premier was first released in November 2007 at Greenbuild Chicago.   The new
version contains several improvements that make it more functional in its use for
LEED and other calculations. They include:

        * The required treatment of District Thermal Energy in LEED NC 2.2. 
EnergyGauge Summit allows users to perform the steps required to incorporate
district heating and cooling in their proposed building, as per requirements from
USGBC.  EnergyGauge automatically models the typically time-consuming two-step
calculation process required by the USGBC. Both step 1 and step 2 reports have been
automated for saving additional time.

        * Profiles and schedules are now editable. The user can modify, or create
and assign, space and zone load profiles, and schedules for people, lighting
equipment, etc. This will allow modeled building loads to be closer to actual load

        * TMY3 Weather data now available. The new TMY3 weather data set for
numerous locations has been implemented. TMY3 represents a more recent weather data
set and is understood to be a more accurate representation of current weather
parameters than the old TMY2 weather data set. The user can select either dataset
for analysis.

        * Several new inputs now available to user. The user can now specify several
new inputs, such as outdoor air quantities, thermostat type and range, number of
people and/or area per person, and equipment loads. These inputs allow more accurate
analysis of the building.

        * New reports. EnergyGauge now has additional reports to help modelers
understand those periods where the loads are not met by the HVAC system (unmet
hours). Profiles and schedule reports have also been added. Additionally, the
software includes a printable replica of the LEED online-report.

This easy-to-use new software product 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 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 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.

At Greenbuild¿s expo booth 2450, FSEC will demonstrate 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 on each building submission.

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. It also calculates ASHRAE Standard 90.1
compliance, based on the performance method, 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.

EnergyGauge Summit Premier performs an annual 8,760-hour simulation, taking just a
few seconds on typical new computers. The Windows-based program uses a DOE2 engine,
originally developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with support from the
U.S. Department of Energy.

A free, fully-functional trial version of the new EnergyGauge Summit Premier
software can be downloaded at The software retails
for $949 per 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.  EnergyGauge is on display at the Greenbuild conference at booth 2450.
More information at

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
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

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

About Greenbuild
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.
Scheduled for November 19 - 21, 2009, more than 20,000 building professionals from
around the world gather for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned
speakers, green building tours, special seminars, networking events.

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 percent 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:

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 is listed as qualified software by the U.S. Department
of Energy, visit: