As part of the construction of the Norris Dam in Tennessee back in 1933, the Tennessee Valley Water Authority also built the model community of Norris along with an example of modern and efficient living called the "Norris House". Now that we've made it to the next century and reached a new echelon of sustainability, the Norris House has been due for an update. The University of Tennessee and Clayton Homes recently completed their update to the model using prefab construction, energy efficient design, innovative water systems and sustainable landscaping. Plans have been made for a professor and a graduate student from the University of Tennessee to live in the home next year, where they will blog about their experience in the updated sustainable housing model.
At the time, Norris was considered innovative and a model for modern and efficient living. The town was encircled by a greenbelt for use by the residents and the homes all had electricity — something more advanced than anything else in the area. But 75 years later, the model hardly holds water anymore, so the University of Tennessee set out to revamp the model with sustainable design and architecture.
The design team states, “The New Norris house will transpose the original vision of a sustainable Norris and embrace the adept, global social network while locating itself with a lightness and vernacular rigor essential to the original TVA vision.”
The New Norris House relies on prefabricated construction, with prefab-builder, Clayton Homes, handling the design and fabrication of the house. With a relatively small footprint, and only 768 sq ft, the home makes good use of its space, built in storage, a lofted areas, vaulted ceilings, outdoor living space and a landscaped yard. Energy efficient Anderson doors and windows are combined with natural daylighting, a solar hot water heater, reclaimed wood and rainwater collection. Additionally, a number of other green building strategies should help the team achieve LEED Platinum certification.
The home has already won an EPA award in 2009 and a 2011 Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.
Via Jetson Green
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