The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have released the annual list of Top Ten Green Projects, and we’re excited to see that a project with our systems has made the list! Each year, COTE names 10 projects that best represent its mission: to advocate “design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.” This year, the New Norris House in Norris, Tenn., featured our systems in its award-winning efficient design.
Thanks to the bright minds at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design, the New Norris House is a shining example of sustainable design. COTE recognized the project for incorporating accessible, energy-efficient changes in housing. The New Norris House team distinguished itself through its balance of new and old building practices that are both sustainable and suitable for the community. For the home’s HVAC system, the team sought the latest in highly efficient technology, selecting an M-Series Heat Pump System.
The results have been remarkable. Energy use in the 1,008-square-foot home is significantly less than similarly sized residences in the East South Central region (Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi). With two full-time residents, the New Norris House consumed 7,887 kWh during its first year, 51.4 percent less energy use than comparable homes in the region. The building’s Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 27 kBtu/sf, a unit of measurement that describes a building’s energy use relative to its size and that was used in COTE’s judging process, is equally impressive.
To read more about the New Norris House and the Top Ten Green Projects Award winners, click here.