Zero-energy home's cracker roots

07/23/12 Jon Butts
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Our first guest on today’s program is the director of buildings research at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa. Rob Vieira talked a little about the history of FSEC and some of the projects he’s presently involved in. In the 1990 Rob took part in a Cracker Home design contest. Cracker Houses used innovative passive cooling techniques to keep them livable before air conditioning was available. Rob talked about the house orientation, porches for shading, high ceiling, and roof venting of the cracker design houses.

Our next guest is the owner of a zero-energy home in Venice, and he’ll be doing a slide presentation in Sarasota Monday evening July 24 at the Selby Public Library starting at 5 p.m. Rick Mcgee talked about how he used some of the same cracker stile ideas to change his home to a zero energy home. We spent a lot of time on roof type’s, insulation, color, and having a 7 kW photovoltaic system, we talked about shading issues. If interested Rob & Peg by appointment will give you a tour of their super efficient home. 941-488-6240

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