Super Energy Efficiency Design (S.E.E.D.) Home Evaluation

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This report describes the results of evaluation by the Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI) Building America team of the 'Super Energy Efficient Design' (S.E.E.D) home, a 1,935 sq. ft., single-story spec home located in Tucson, AZ. This prototype design was developed with the goal of providing an exceptionally energy efficient yet affordable home and includes numerous aggressiveenergy features intended to significantly reduce heating and cooling loads such as structural insulated panel (SIP) walls and roof, high performance windows, an ERV, an air-to-water heat pump with mixed-mode radiant and forced air delivery, solar water heating, and rooftop PV. Source energy savings are estimated at 45% over the Building America B10 Benchmark. System commissioning, short termtesting, long term monitoring and detailed analysis of results was conducted to identify the performance attributes and cost effectiveness of the whole house measure package.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages39
StatePublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-55625

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102012-3701


  • air conditioning
  • air-to-water heat pump
  • Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI)
  • Building America
  • efficient envelope
  • hot-dry
  • hydronic distribution
  • long-term monitoring
  • radiant floor
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • solar water heating
  • space conditioning
  • space cooling and heating
  • structurally insulated panels


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