Style and comfort – It must be an energy saving house

By Mike M. Ahlers, CNN:

It is spacious, contemporary and livable.

There are stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and the bedrooms are painted a soothing green. Stately columns convey “comfortable suburban.” A savvy realtor could market it as “The Woodlands” model or “The Retreat.”

But when the owner of a super-energy efficient house in the Maryland suburbs is the U.S. government, you bet the name will leave you scratching your head.

The welcome mat reads: “Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility,” or NZERTF.

Built on the campus of a national technology testing site, the “Net-Zero House” is the nation’s newest science lab.

Government scientists and engineers will use the 2,700 square-foot home as a test-bed to develop ways to measure products, materials and systems that make a house energy efficient and green.

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