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A New Norris House by University of Tennessee

 
September 18th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: University of Tennessee

In 1933 the Tennessee Valley Authority constructed a model community, Norris, Tennessee, as part of the Norris Dam construction project. A key feature of this New Deal village was the Norris House, a series of homes built as models for modern and efficient living. In light of the 75th anniversary of the Norris Project, an evolving interdisciplinary team of UT students and faculty are reinterpreting the Norris paradigm and creating a New Norris House – a sustainable home designed for the 21st century. In 2009 the New Norris House was one of six winners nationally of the Environmental Protection Agency’s People Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Competition. It offers a replicable model for contemporary sustainable living that holds the promise of significant benefit across East Tennessee.

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  • Architects: University of Tennessee
  • Project: A New Norris House
  • Location: Norris, Tennessee
  • Builders: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design; Clayton Homes; Johnson and Galyon
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Project Area: 768 sq.ft.
  • Landscape Architect: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design
  • Structural Engineer: University of Tennessee, College of Engineering, in collaboration with Mallia Engineering Company
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design
  • Photography: University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, Ken McCown
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Ecotect, FormZ, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite

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As with the original Norris designs, the New Norris House uses state of the art technologies and techniques. The house incorporates green materials, leverages energy conscious design strategies, and utilizes off-site construction methods. Yet the challenge goes beyond the creation of a model home design. The house design responds and is reforming community and legal constraints that currently deter sustainable home construction. To accomplish this, students consult with community residents, research local codes and work with local and state government.

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The project also addresses affordability and “fit” in light of median home prices and the town’s status on the National Register Historic District. Students thus confront and resolve not only technological or scientific challenges; but also legal, social, and aesthetic issues that currently restrict green construction. The New Norris House is registered with the US Green Building Council as part of its LEED for Homes program, and projects achievement of a LEED for Homes platinum rating. If successful, it will be the 1st Platinum project built by the University of Tennessee.

Image Courtesy University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Image Courtesy University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Image Courtesy University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Image Courtesy University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

 

Image Courtesy University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Bedroom (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

Chair (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

Exterior (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

Kitchen Window (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

Mini split (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

Mud Entry (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

Oak Floor (Image Courtesy Ken McCown)

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