It's been nearly a year since the 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.
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.
However, no humans have been allowed inside the home. Yet appliances, showers and more will be switched on and off just like a real family has been living in the house. All the data will be monitored and analyzed to help improve technologies and standards for future home construction.
Read more on the project HERE.