Sustainable, durable, affordable housing is a continuing concern for Florida citizens as well as construction, housing, insurance, and supporting infrastructure industries. The BEST House is a Demonstration House that will be used as an educational tool and resource for Northwest Florida. UWF students, students in our regional partner institutions, construction-related professionals, and community members are invited to be part of our learning community as we explore construction-related issues.
Artist's Drawing—Aerial View
The BEST House program's intent is to provide a home featuring energy-efficient, sustainable design techniques available to the median homebuilder and buyer of today. The 3,300 square foot, three-bedroom home is a study model featuring passive solar collectors, grey water and rainwater catchment systems, advanced insulation systems, a geothermal heat pump, whole-house ventilation, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, day lighting, and sustainable building products.
The BEST House enables the University and Northwest Florida to become a centerpiece of research, application, and trends in the construction profession and industry through engagement of the community and industry on multiple projects and topics relating to structures and life in Northwest Florida. UWF and supporting partners become the leaders in this discussion, facilitating a wide-ranging set of opportunities that focus on improving the community, construction-related industries, and general life in the region.
For more information, visit the BEST House Website.