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Bausum & Duckett Awarded Net-Zero House Project

| April 22, 2011, 11:03 AM | 0 Comments

Edgewater’s Bausum & Duckett Electric, LLC, a full-service residential and commercial electrical contractor serving the DelMarVa region, recently announced that it has been awarded the electrical services contract for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Net-Zero lab house on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD.

Designed to replicate a typical single-family house, the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility will be a state-of-the-art structure that produces as much energy as it consumes, and it will serve as a test bed and launching pad for new residential green technologies.  The 2,700 square foot, four-bedroom, three-bath  “home” will minimize the amount of energy it uses through:  a high performance thermal enclosure; energy-saving design, air distribution, windows, and appliances; solar panels; geo-thermal heating and air conditioning systems; energy efficient lighting and fixtures, and special controls and occupancy sensors.  During a yearlong demonstration of its capabilities, the house will use computer controlled “people simulators” that mimic the energy usage habits of a family of four living in the fully furnished home, according to NIST.

Bausum & Duckett will be the electrical contractor in charge of wiring, networking for communications and alarm systems, and furnishing and installing lighting fixtures. As with the rest of the project, all of Bausum and Duckett’s work will conform to specific green building industry standards.  Upon its completion in spring 2012, the house will achieve LEED-Platinum certification, Energy Star Version 3.0, and Indoor Air Plus—a certification by the Environmental Protection Agency. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally-recognized green building certification system.

Chevy-Chase based residential builder, Bethesda Bungalows will serve as the main subcontractor and Gaithersburg-based commercial builder Terrine Waddell Construction Group is the lead builder on the Net-Zero facility.  The full team consists of more than 30 consultants, design firms, and contractors.

“We’re thrilled to be involved with this project”, said Mark Llewellyn, Vice President of Bausum & Duckett.  “Not only do we get to showcase our green capabilities, we’re also partnering with some of the region’s leading companies in green building performance and design, and we’re helping to advance residential energy-saving technology—which will ultimately help our customers.”

Bausum & Duckett has an established history in LEED and Energy Star-certified building techniques for both commercial and residential projects, including the Severn Bank building in Annapolis. Most recently, the company has been involved in green renovation and construction of several University System of Maryland buildings on various campuses throughout the state.  The company is affiliated with and certified by the US Green Building Council.

For more information about NIST’s Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility, visit www.bethesdabungalows.com or www.therrienwaddell.com.

Source: Bausum & Duckett

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