Research center to build house designed to conserve resources

REAL ESTATE NOTES

March 01, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

The National Association of Home Builders Research Center in Upper Marlboro plans to build a house in its research park that will feature products designed to conserve natural resources. Work is scheduled to begin this month and be complete by May.

A wholly owned subsidiary of the NAHB, the research center builds houses to test and demonstrate advanced building technologies.

The center received a grant from the National Housing Endowment to evaluate potential products and systems consistent with the "resource conservation" theme of the house and to include them in its design.

In designing and building the house, the research center will review a wide range of materials, from wood and steel to copper and plastic. The builder also will work with manufacturers who are developing products made with recycled materials.

The house will include products and systems for reducing utility costs and features to increase energy efficiency.

Around the region

* Winchester Homes recently held a grand opening of its furnished model at Patuxent Springs, a southern Howard County development where prices range from $246,990 to $296,490.

* Robert Arrigoni has been promoted to president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which oversees 1,900 residential real estate offices and more than 40,000 sales associates.

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