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Distributed Electrical Generation Project|
In a public-private research partnership, the NAHB Research Center, the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), and Energy Partners, L.C. have begun evaluating the effectiveness of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells in distributed electrical generation for use in residential construction. Energy Partners, L.C., who has been developing innovative fuel cell technology and design for the last decade, will provide the fuel cells to be installed in a PATH field evaluation project.
||Demonstration Site: MADE Project|
The MADE homes will be constructed in the NAHB National Research Home Park, which is located 15 miles east of the nation's capital in Bowie, Maryland. The MADE homes will join the 21st Century Townhomes; the GRI Gas Research House; the Adaptable, Fire-Safe House; the National Concrete Masonry Association's Lifestyle 2000 House; and the Resource Conservation House in a highly visible concentration of leading-edge research and demonstration homes. These homes have generated media attention relating to all aspects of their construction and the implementation of unique building systems. The initial design of the MADE homes is under evaluation. The homes will conform to local government planning requirements and be acceptable to the surrounding neighborhood. The homes will be either one- or two-story units with attached garages. The designs will allow for the possibility of future expansion. Other than these basic requirements, all other features are to be determined by architectural considerations, affordability goals, marketability requirements, durability goals, and topographic constraints.