Taking on the challenge to build eco friendly off-the-grid homes the National Institute of Standards and Technology has completed a prototype of the net-zero energy home in Gaithersburg, MD. The $2.5 million home features a renewable energy generating system that produce as much power as the house actually uses.
The renewable energy generating system includes solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors and geothermal loops for heating water. The 2700sqf house is fully functional and aims to serve as a federal scientific laboratory for energy efficient materials and clean power technologies. The remote-controlled house comes with small devices that give the same amount of heat and humidity as humans do to help mimic the activities of a family of four for about a year.
The two-story house with three baths and four bedrooms comes with a plethora of energy saving features to qualify for the highest possible sustainability classification under the US Green Building Council.