Founded in 1978 by Harry Boody as Energy Innovations, the company has grown and evolved into
today’s only residential HVAC design provider that offers a 100% energy performance guarantee.
Harry graduated from the Piedmont Aerospace Institute, and his early career path led to
working as an engineer in the television industry, where he developed a passion for energy conservation
during the 1970s energy crisis. Harry and his wife bought an "energy efficient" model for their first
home in 1978, and were stunned when the energy bills were three times the builder’s estimate. "Back then,
there was no definition of energy efficiency. Our builder said if I didn’t like my heating and cooling
system, I should develop a better one. That is exactly what I decided to do."
Harry spent two and half years conducting research, Harry found that while the data
needed to create a better HVAC system existed, there was no link between academia and builders – and
somebody simply needed to build that bridge. Harry concluded that if the HVAC system design and
insulation could match the source to the home’s load, then a truly efficient structure could be built.
He convinced a co-worker to let him test his theory by installing the HVAC system in her new 1,600
square foot home. By increasing the CFMs and slowing down the air velocity, he proved he could
create warmer air with less equipment. "Fortunately, I had no HVAC experience, so I didn’t
know my ideas were revolutionary." A year later, his co-worker’s home was not only comfortable, but
her heating and cooling energy bills were less than $14 per month.
That first installation led to the formation of Energy Innovations, followed by scores
of honors including two Governor’s Energy Achievement Awards including 1st and 2nd place ASHRAE
International Energy Technology Awards. This evolved into his ability to guarantee HVAC energy
usage, and to date he has never written a guarantee refund check.
This success led to installations across 11 states including the largest new home
in NC (40,000 sq. ft. with maximum of $391 per month). His designs are in the homes of NASCAR
legends, including Joe Gibbs, Ernie Ivan, Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte,
Joe Neimachek, Todd Bodine, and Richard Childress. Harry’s track record proves you really can
conserve energy and enjoy positive cash flow payback without sacrificing comfort.
In 2016, Mr. Boody and a team of investors and management partners to launch
Scientific Environmental Design, Inc. The new company has combined Harry’s decades of experience
with their technology and design expertise to deliver the SED service nationwide.