Factory-built by Clayton Homes, funded with grants from the EPA, and chock full of eco-friendly bells and whistles, the 1,008-square-foot home will officially hit the auction block in early May with minimum bids set at $155,000.
The New Norris House was completed in 2011 after a student-led team worked for three years to bring the concept, first conceived in a classroom, to a modern and appealing home.
The house is a technologically advanced reinterpretation of the historic homes first built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933 as part of the Norris Dam project. It has become a nationally recognized model for efficient and sustainable living.
Featuring five rooms, Energy Star appliances, a loft, reclaimed hardwood floors, a deck, and lush landscapes, the 1,006-square-foot space is more than a single-family home; it is the embodiment of the university’s design and research excellence. Sealed bids will be taken through 2:30 p.m. (EST) on May 5, 2014.
The winning bid will benefit from special features and reduced utility costs. The house features well-designed fluid spaces, maximized daylighting, LED lighting fixtures, custom millwork and a solar water heater that uses 61 percent less energy than the national average.
The home also inventively repurposes water. The wastewater from such activities as laundry, hand-washing, and bathing is rerouted to water plants. A rainwater cistern also filters water captured from the roof for non-potable uses in the home, such as toilet flushing, clothes washing, and hose bibs. Overflow goes to a second cistern, which irrigates vegetable beds in the backyard.