Important information about
Updated Florida Energy Code Compliance Software
The Florida Building Commission in September 2008 decided on March 1, 2009 as the effective date of the 2008 Florida Building Code. The final draft of the 2008 Florida Building Code incorporating approved changes is available for viewing at www.floridabuilding.org. Consistent with Governor Crist’s Executive Order #07-127, the Florida Building Commission has amended Florida’s 2008 energy code to achieve a 15% reduction in energy use compared with the previous 2007 code.
Both the residential and commercial building compliance software reflecting the changes, EnergyGauge USA FlaRes2008 and EnergyGauge Summit FlaCom2008 respectively are available.
EnergyGauge Software with Manual J8 Sizing:
FSEC will soon be releasing EnergyGauge FlaRes Size Pro that will provide the ability to perform whole house system sizing for cooling and heating. A one-year license will cost $199. Those who own FlaRes Pro 2004 software may continue to use that software for sizing but not Method A energy code compliance. If you enter the home in FlaRes Pro you can bring it into EnergyGauge USA FlaRes to do the Method A energy code compliance. Anyone may upgrade from EnergyGauge USA FlaRes to EnergyGauge FlaRes Size Pro for the difference in cost at any time.
New Licensing Procedure
Effective January 2009, we moved to a new licensing system for all EnergyGauge Software products. Single or multiyear licenses can be purchased in the new licensing system and during the licensing period all updates due to bug fixes, enhancements, code changes and technical support will be free of cost to licensed users.
New purchasers of 2004 Energy Code Software
Also, users who purchased the 2004 energy code software products on or after November 1, 2008 are eligible for a free one-year update to the 2008 Florida Code software. Users can get the free license by visiting: http://dbase.fsec.ucf.edu/pls/engauge/engauge_free_upgrade.
There are no rebates or discounts for purchases prior to November 1.
Getting Started with EnergyGauge USA
The new residential code has many changes. We recommend you review a small presentation on the differences. View Presentation
Current Florida Code Software
Licensed users of the current Florida Code Compliance software will be able to continue to use it to review old files. However, new permits will require the new software. Technical support will not be provided for 2004 Code software after March 2009.