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.