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Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility

Updated 9:10 AM ET, Sun September 16, 2012
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Hunter Fanney, chief of the Energy and Environment Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Engineering Laboratory, stands outside the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility. Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
The goal is to demonstrate that a net-zero energy house -- one that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year -- can fit into any neighborhood. Barry Schlegel/CNN
During the first year of operation, NIST researchers will simulate a family of four living in an energy-efficient home and monitor how the house performs. Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
Fanney leads a tour of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility. Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
The net-zero house will allow researchers to test various high-efficiency and alternative energy systems, materials, and designs. Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
Fanney leads a tour of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility. Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
A multi-layered wall and insulation sample is displayed. Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
Scientists will use the testing equipment in the garage to monitor conditions in the home. Barry Schlegel/CNN
Fanney leads a tour of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility. Barry Schlegel/CNN