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.
As a member of the 2010-2011 team, we were responsible for some aspects of the design detailing, and most of the initial building of the house. I was in a small team of four students who prefabricated the roof dormer for on site installation. Individually i worked with my professor and many members of the local and state government to get approval for our experimental rainwater and greywater
The house was completed in the fall of 2011 and has since been recognized as LEED Platinum, as well as wining several design awards such as an AIA East Tennessee Design Merit Award.
Location: Norris, TN, US