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New Norris HouseThe New Norris House, a project of UT, is one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE).

The AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards is one of the profession’s best-known recognition programs for sustainable design excellence. The program honored a range of architectural types, including government projects, education buildings, office spaces, community projects, and housing.

The New Norris House is the only university project selected for the award. Along with fellow award recipients, including renowned architecture firms such as Brooks + Scarpa and KieranTimberlake, the New Norris House will be feted at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver this June.

The house was developed by UT students in conjunction with architecture faculty members Tricia Stuth, Robert French, Samuel Mortimer, and Richard Kelso. The building is one of the first in Tennessee to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project was led by the College of Architecture and Design in partnership with the UT Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Environmental Studies. It took more than three years to complete.

The award’s jury lauded the home for its affordability and prefabrication approach—made possible through a university partnership with Clayton Homes—and its historical reference to the town of Norris, a planned community under the US New Deal program.

It is “one of the few projects that really looked at the manufacturing process holistically and how a residence could be delivered on site in a really economical way and in a way that conserved energy,” the jury wrote.

The New Norris House has received other recognitions, including a 2013 Design Build Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, a 2012 Residential Architect Merit Award for Single-Family Housing, and the 2011 Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. It also won the 2009 Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Sustainable Design Competition.

To learn more about the New Norris House, visit the website.

Visit the AIA website to learn more about the Top Ten COTE Green Projects Awards and to see other winning projects.



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