The first Nextgen Home at 631 Hamilton Ave., will be open to the public for tours on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 2 until 4 p.m. Nextgen Homes is a green|spaces initiative that began in 2014 with a design competition to help raise awareness of net-zero energy construction.
Ground broke on the three-bedroom, two-full bathroom 1700-square foot home in July and was built by Collier Construction. The first home has already been sold but the site work for three more homes will start in March with the homes beginning shortly after. A construction tour will take place on Wednesday, 3-4 p.m.
The homes include sustainable materials and innovative building techniques including advanced framing, moisture control wrapping, use of daylighting, Mitsubishi Mini-Split Systems, Heat Recovery Ventilation, Pervious Pavers and solar panels.
Tours are intended to educate the public, students and builders on the innovative products or techniques. All homes are in North Chattanooga on Hamilton Avenue.
“These homes represent the next generation of residential development in Chattanooga and the southeast,” said Michael Walton, executive director of green|spaces. “They generate as much energy as they consume, use water and materials efficiently, and protect and promote the health of the occupants."