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Professional Florida EnergyGauge:
Screen Previews and Features Overview

EnergyGauge Pro is the professional version of the Florida rating software. It provides the same ease-of use-and standard features as the Standard Version and adds the following analysis features: 


Heating and Cooling System Sizing

This feature allows users to calculate whole-house, single-zone winter and summer equipment loads (using ACCA's Manual J methods) in order to accurately size air conditioning and heating systems.   System Sizing uses Project Notebook data, user Preferences data and default data and only rarely requires additional user edits.  An example of the System Sizing input screen is shown below: 
  

 
Once the input screen is completed, the Calculate button brings up the System Sizing Summary screen. The Summary screen breaks down heating and cooling loads into their component sources, and gives total heating and cooling equipment loads for the home. 
  
 
The "Pie Chart" button provides a "quick" summary of the load sources and the Reports menu on the top bar of the screen provides access to printable Summary, Winter Detail, Summer Detail reports.

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Improvement Analysis 

Improvement Analysis (IA) allows users to manually create multiple sets of improved buildings (for comparison to a given "original" building).  Each improved building, or IA, is created by starting with the original building inputs and modifying one or more fields.  The improvement package is then saved in a database table.  The Improvement Analysis Menu shown below is used to access existing packages and create new packages. 

 
 
Improvement Analysis Mode uses component pages that are almost identical to the Normal Mode screens, except that only specific fields may be altered (editable fields are highlighted).  For example, in the Windows page, only the "Type" and "Tint" fields may be edited, but they may be altered for all windows simultaneously through the "change all" option: 
  
Improvement Analysis Mode
   
 
Once the desired improvements to the original building are made, clicking on the Calculate menu  from IA Mode allows users to perform economic and financial calculations using the built-in Energy Conservation Measure (ECM) and Financial Tables.  Clicking on the Improvement Costs option brings up the Cost Calculation Screen (shown below), which allows users to make changes to the ECM and Financial tables and generate economic and financial results.  Clicking on the Calculate button provides the improvement costs and makes the Improvement Analysis Reports available. 
 


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Economic Optimization 

The Optimization feature recommends energy-efficiency upgrade packages based on user selected criteria.  These criteria include the financial Ranking Method, the Energy Savings Goal and optional financial Limits on first cost, first year cash flow and simple payback.  Optimization selects energy conservation measures that best match the given criteria from a table of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that is also selected by the user.  The results are made available through a number of summary screens and financial reports. 

An Optimization is performed by first completing the Optimization Options screen (main Optimization screen).  This screen allows you to enter the desired optimization criteria and ECM and Financial table options: 
 

Main Optimization Screen
  
 
The ECM and Financial Table boxes near the bottom of the Options screen access the editable conservation measure and financial information databases.  These tables allow users to select from a supplied list of tables, edit an existing table, or create new tables.  As many tables as the user desires may created, saved and selected from the list.  Only the first table (EnergyGauge Default) is uneditable. 
 
 
After the preferred ECM and Financial tables have been selected (or created), clicking on the Optimize button at the bottom left of the main Optimization screen will run the automated optimization analysis. 

You can then click on one of the Outputs buttons (Package and Measures) at the bottom right corner of the main Optimization screen to view and print summary results from the analysis.  The "Package" Output screen is shown below.  This screen lists each of the selected energy conservation measures and compares energy costs and other parameters of the improved home with the original home: 

 
 
A full complement of economic and financial reports are also available through the Optimization Reports menu, with options to print results from economic cost-benefit analysis, mortgage amortization and cash flow schedules, estimated mortgage payments, and completed forms required by Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and FHA (HUD) for Energy Efficient Mortgage applications.  Detailed results from stages of the analysis are also available in table form for the accepted measures and the first and the last runs of the optimization analysis. 
 

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