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National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

Posted By Al Bredenberg On September 18, 2012 @ 10:30 am In Architecture,energy efficiency,Environment,Green Building,News,Solar Power,Zero energy | No Comments

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Researchers will use the house to test energy-efficiency technologies and alternative energy systems. NIST Director Patrick Gallagher believes that the facility will “allow development of new design standards and test methods for emerging energy-efficient [7] technologies and, we hope, speed their adoption.”

Up to now, some net-zero homes have tended to skimp on size and amenities. But the NIST test facility is designed as a full-size 4,000-square-foot suburban home with four bedrooms and three baths. The building incorporates a highly-efficient building envelope, solar thermal water heating, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems [8], geothermal energy, smart metering, and specially-designed energy-efficient space conditioning and air distribution systems. The house is built to LEED Platinum standards.

+ NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility [2]

Via Reuters [3]

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[1] National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): http://www.nist.gov/index.html

[2] Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility: http://www.nist.gov/el/nzertf/

[3] $2.5 million: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/17/us-netzero-lab-idUSBRE88G0W220120917?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

[4] NIST announcement: http://www.nist.gov/el/nzertf/net_zero_91212.cfm

[5]  : http://inhabitat.com/national-institute-of-standards-and-technologys-net-zero-energy-test-house-is-inhabited-by-a-virtual-family/nist-nzertf-net-zero-energy-house-test-facility-gaithersburg-maryland-virtual-family-cutaway/?extend=1

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/09/NIST-NZERTF-net-zero-energy-house-test-facility-gaithersburg-maryland-virtual-family-house.jpg

[7] energy-efficient: http://inhabitat.com/energy-efficiency

[8] photovoltaic (PV) solar systems: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power

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