As the GREEN (sustainable) building products and sciences advance to the extent indoor air quality and comfort is being maximized and utility bills are being eliminated (see Net Zero residential building technology in Gainesville Florida HERE) the federal government is stepping up to assist, protect and support this initiative with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Established in 1901 NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories beginning with a mandate from Congress at the dawn of the 20th century to help increase the industrial competitive edge of the U.S. which lagged behind more advanced industrialized nations at the time such as England and Germany. The U.S. lacked proper measurment and standards necessary for more efficient peak industrial output. Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies from nanoscale devices that fit on the head of a pin to the largest most complex human creations to include earthquake resistent skyscrapers and wide body commercial airliners.
In keeping with the times and as an indicator of the trend in residential building sciences NIST has built a Net-Zero Energy Test Facility (NZERTF) on the campus of a national technology testing site in Gaithersburg Maryland. The purpose of this laboratory is to test the commerical products dedicated to innovation and sustainability.
In this context...."NOTHING LOST IS EVERYONE'S GAIN"
Gainesville Florida in Alachua County is already a leader in the field with an already long and distinguished history of "Sustainability Firsts"........see that HERE.
And we are already putting the latest in building science technology to practical application with Net Zero homes right here in our community......see more about that HERE.
If you are interested in maximum indoor air quality and comfort at the least impact to the environment (most eco friendly) with little or no utility bills (least cost of operation) feel free to contact me. I would be happy to point you in the right direction and also help you along the way.