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S.E.E.D. Home wins national award

S.E.E.D. Home wins national award

CREATED Feb 6, 2012

Reporter: Stephani Ruiz

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -Three years ago, Michael Ginsburg began designing and building a different kind of home.

His goal- the most energy efficient and cost effective house- called the S.E.E.D. Home.

SEED stands for Super Energy Efficient Design.

A sign stands outside the home boasting of the energy savings- nearly zero electricity costs and water bills cut in half.

"They all said well the cooling's not going to work. Well we have to be able to test my way and your way. Simple as that," Ginsburg said.

National experts now say his way works.

Ginsburg has been living inside his own project, documenting the energy saved. He said some of the results are blowing the experts away.

"Last summer in June when it was 110 and it was 75 in the house and the system had been off for 12 hours. It just doesn't change that much. Just like in an ice chest, as long as you keep that block of ice the temperature you want, that's what it's going to be," Ginsburg said.

A home like the SEED project costs about $150-160 per square foot to build, which is about the same as a regular home. But, Ginsburg said the energy savings makes it worth every penny.

Ruiz asked Ginsburg if  the home feels different from other homes he's lived in before.

"Absolutely," he said. "It's quiet because the solid foam walls number one, number two theres no hot and cold spots throughout the house."

Hoping to make the SEED home a model for others, Ginsburg said the next step is finding out if the energy savings could happen in other climates across the country.