University of Tennessee Norris House

The UT Norris House is a 21st-century take on the original homes in the community of Norris, TN, built as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Norris Dam Project in 1933. This sustainable home and landscape designed by UT students and faculty became one of the first in Tennessee to earn LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 1,006 sq. ft. Norris House includes five rooms with reclaimed hardwood floors and features a rainwater collection system, an extensive native landscape, efficient heating and cooling equipment and environmentally friendly materials.


  • American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Award
  • Named one of the nation’s Top 10 Green Projects in 2013 by the Committee on the Environment of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • 2013 Design Build Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
  • 2012 Residential Architect Merit Award for Single-Family Housing
  • 2011 Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board
  • 2009 Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Sustainable Design


Knoxville, TN




1,006 sq. ft. New Sustainable Home


University of Tennessee College of Architecture


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