SBEED: Small Building Energy Efficient Design

SBEED is a user-friendly energy design tool shows how much money you can save by making changes for a small (commercial) building .

**) The graphics package in Ventura is not backwards compatible, so SBEED and some of our other programs will not run on Ventura. Our recommendation is to use a prior Mac OS or a Windows partition. Some users run under Parallels but the 3D plots cannot load. 

This new easy-to-use Design Tool starts by automatically creating a reference small non-residential building that meets California’s Energy Code. Then it automatically creates a second building that is usually about 20% more Energy Efficient. You can then copy either one and revise its design and compare it with prior versions of up to nine different designs. SBEED shows you graphics of how much energy and money and carbon you can save by trying various new Design options or by making Remodeling changes or adding Additions to your existing building. You can easily draw in the floor plan of your building, then click and drag windows to their best location on each wall. You can add trees and neighboring buildings and see an animation of sun shadows moving across your building. You can select from lists of standard wall and roof construction or you can input custom details. You can add high mass to temper indoor temperatures. Various other Passive Heating and Cooling options are available including ventilation, evaporative cooling, and passive solar heating. You can add Photovoltaic Panels and Solar Hot Water Collectors. SBEED can automatically download climate data for thousands of locations around the world. For advanced users there are more detailed design data input options and output display graphics from the prior HEED version. Many kinds of Building Energy Performance data are displayed including bar charts that show how close your building is to Zero Net Energy. SBEED uses the original SOLAR-5 computation engine. SBEED Self-installs on (non-networked) Windows XP or newer and macOS 10.6 or newer systems.