Blog readers in the construction market -- and anyone interested in sustainability -- should read up on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's net-zero test house in Gaithersburg, Md. The 2,700-square-foot home (plus 1,500 square feet of unfinished basement) looks like a lot of the suburban McMansions built in the United States in the 1990s. But this house is different. Thanks to state-of-the-art insulation and building products, plus a variety of solar panels, experts expect the home will produce as much energy as a family of four consumes over the course of a year. Hence the name: the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility.
Testing to start on net-zero energy house
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