Schaad Companies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory officially unveiled four homes built to test the latest and greatest in efficient technologies and building practices.

ZEBRAlliance-LogoA unique laboratory of energy-efficient residential living is now up and running, producing data that collaborators hope will ultimately trickle down to homebuilders across the country.

Schaad Companies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, along with partners BarberMcMurry architects, TVA and a number of building technology companies, officially unveiled four homes built to test the latest and greatest in efficient technologies and building practices that are rendering the Oak Ridge homes 55-60 percent more efficient than their traditionally built counterparts.

“The goals really were to merge science with industry to drive innovation into the marketplace,” said Jenny Banner, CEO of Schaad Companies, which invested approximately $2 million to build the homes as part of what’s known as the Zero Energy Building Research Alliance or ZEBRAlliance. “It’s no good if it just stays in the lab. It’s got to get out into the world.”

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Source: Larisa Brass | Knoxville News Sentinel
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