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Old Posted Sep 14, 2012, 5:39 PM
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NIST lab/house to generate as much energy as it uses

is there no more forum for green buildings? whatever, this is very cool. I'm surprised nobody had done this before, but I wonder if it can be done at a cost similar to an 'ordinary' house because that geothermal & solar stuff is pretty expensive right now afaik:

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Home Sweet Lab: Computerized House to Generate as Much Energy as It Uses
For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012

Unveils Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility to Improve Testing of Energy-Efficient Technologies

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial year-long experiment, the facility will be used to improve test methods for energy-efficient technologies and develop cost-effective design standards for energy-efficient homes that could reduce overall energy consumption and harmful pollution, and save families money on their monthly utility bills.

The unique facility looks and behaves like an actual house, and has been built to U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum standards—the highest standard for sustainable structures. The two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility incorporates energy-efficient construction and appliances, as well as energy-generating technologies such as solar water heating and solar photovoltaic systems.

“Results from this lab will show if net-zero home design and technologies are ready for a neighborhood near you,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. “It will also allow development of new design standards and test methods for emerging energy-efficient technologies and, we hope, speed their adoption.”
http://www.nist.gov/el/nzertf/net_zero_91212.cfm

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Old Posted Sep 14, 2012, 9:34 PM
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doesn't look like it, but I think the idea is to imagine how much energy would be saved if whole neighbourhoods were built like this
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