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Living Light
Living Light on display at the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., in September.

KNOXVILLE—Living Light, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s solar-powered house, is moving to Nashville as part of a multi-city tour of the state.

The 750-square-foot home will be featured at the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Efficiency Forum February 21—22. The Living Light house will then be on display at Centennial Park from February 29 to April 1.

The house will be open for public tours from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on most Fridays and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Living Light placed eighth overall in the US Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon, an international competition in which collegiate teams design, build, and run energy-efficient, solar-powered homes.

The home showcases how solar technology can maximize energy efficiency and sustainability. It also demonstrates how thoughtful design and technology can be used to create greater efficiencies in homes and businesses.

“We are using the Living Light house as way to directly demonstrate to Tennesseans how to build or retrofit buildings to create sustainable buildings that create energy savings,” said Edgar Stach, professor at UT’s College of Architecture and Design.

Additional educational events about the project are being held in conjunction with tours of the home, as listed below. For more information and updates, click here.

February 23: Urban Design Forum; Nashville Civic Design Center, 38 Second Avenue North, #106, Nashville; 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.; UT architecture professor Edgar Stach, a lead faculty member for Living Light, will provide an overview of the project. Renderings and a model of the house also will be on display.

February 29: Living Light House opening reception; Centennial Park, 2600 W. End Ave, Nashville; 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

March 23: Luncheon with the US Green Building Council, Middle Tennessee Chapter; Adventure Science Center, 800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; James Rose, LEED AP, will give a case study of the Living Light project.

Living Light was completed by the UT College of Architecture and Design in collaboration with nine UT academic disciplines, including engineering and business. Its transformation to an educational exhibition through the Tennessee Tour is a joint effort of the UT College of Architecture and Design and UT Extension, the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Collaborators include TVA and other corporate and alumni partners.

C O N T A C T S :

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,