State of Tennessee to sell energy efficient New Norris House

State of Tennessee to sell energy efficient New Norris House

The New Norris House The New Norris House

NORRIS (WATE) - The state of Tennessee is selling the New Norris House, described as one of the greenest homes in the state.

The home was completed in 2011 after a student-led team at the University of Tennessee 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.

The home features five rooms, Energy Star appliances, a loft, reclaimed hardwood floors, a deck and lush landscapes.

New homeowners will benefit from special features and reduced utility costs. The home features energy efficient lighting, a solar water heater, and inventively repurposes water. Wastewater from activities like laundry, hand washing and bathing is reused for watering plants.

Rainwater is also collected for uses like toilet flushing and clothes washing.

Sealed bids will be taken through 2:30 p.m. on May 5. An open house will be held April 12, 2-4 p.m., at 143 Oak Road in Norris.

Minimum bid price is set at $155,000. To learn more about the state of Tennessee's sale, visit

To learn more about the New Norris House, visit

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