The American Institute of Architects' Committee for the Environment selected ten greenest architecture projects in the country, and one of the winners is a little 1,008 square-foot house in Norris, designed and built by UT's College of Architecture and Design.
The little town of Norris was ahead of its time when it was built during the New Deal era--the TVA tested new building materials and techniques on the compact houses in the planned community, and laid footpaths and roads to schools and common areas.
The "New Norris House" was designed as a single-person or small-family living space with all kinds of green features, including the use of natural light, reclaimed wood from old truck beds and barns, and energy efficient appliances and water systems. The total cost of the project was $180,000.
The jury comments on the house praised the holistic approach to the manufacturing process, the historical references to the surrounding houses, and the fact that it could easily be replicated.
"It's a house that performs pretty well and is pretty affordable and solves some of the combinations of problems we are looking at with regard to affordable house," the jury said.
Check out the project's page on the AIA website for more detailed specs and photos of the New Norris House.