NIST Net Zero House Receives LEED Platinum Certification from USGBC

Therrien Waddell Construction was recognized in a ribbon cutting ceremony held on September 12th, 2012 where Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, announced that the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility has earned a LEED Platinum rating – the highest for sustainable structures.

Therrien Waddell was selected as the General Contractor for the Net Zero House based on their experience with sustainability leadership role with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), extensive lab and science project experience as well as Therrien Waddell’s collaborative reputation. Therrien Waddell played an instrumental role in the on-time and on-budget completion of the Net Zero House. 

Resembling a typical suburban Maryland single-family home, the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year and will serve as a testbed for new home-scale energy technologies. The 2,700-square-foot (251-square-meter), two-story structure will use energy-saving appliances and design, as well as solar panels, to minimize the amount of energy it pulls from the grid and to generate at least an equal amount of energy. During a yearlong demonstration of the house’s capabilities, appliances, lights, and kitchen, bathroom fixtures and robotic occupants will be computer controlled to simulate a family of four living in the fully furnished home.

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