The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and Washington State University are both developing regional centers to promote energy-efficient technology and “beyond-code” construction.

Both of the “regional building technology application centers” are being funded by a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Florida’s center, to be based at FSEC’s Cocoa headquarters, will work to help state governments, utilities and energy-efficiency programs in 12 Southeastern states move toward more energy-efficient and zero-energy building standards. Its current partners in that effort include the Southern Energy Efficiency Center, the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs, Texas A & M University and the Southface Institute in Atlanta.

Part of the University of Central Florida, the FSEC is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute in the U.S.