RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY  -  Friday, 27 February, 10:00am

The TERRA (Technologically + Environmentally Responsive Residential Architecture) sustainable demonstration house was designed and developed by the Department of Architecture through the FedEx Institute Center for Sustainable Design at the University of Memphis.  The University is seeking LEED  (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation for the TERRA house.

Located at the northeast corner of the intersection of North Main Street and Greenlaw Avenue in the Uptown Neighborhood in downtown Memphis, TERRA was designed by students in the Department of Architecture with input from architecture and interior design faculty members and professional advisors.

The building features energy efficient and environmentally responsible techniques, materials, appliances and fixtures. The house also adheres to the standards of the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division EcoBUILD program and the American Lung Association Health House program.  DPC Construction LLC served as general contractor.

During March 2009 and thereafter by appointment, the garage will function as a temporary classroom for seminars that will be offered to design and construction professionals as well as members of the public who are interested in learning more about the principles of sustainable design.  Tours will be conducted each weekend in March by students and faculty of the Department of Architecture, the contractors, and local professionals.  Saturday tours are from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday tours are from noon until 4:00pm.

TERRA would not have been possible without the participation of the many individuals, businesses, and organization who contributed their time, money, and materials to the project.

List of Participants.

For more information, please contact Professor Michael Chisamore at mkchsmre@memphis.edu or 901.678.4914.  Additional information is also available by following these links:

TERRA History and Overview Article.

TERRA Promotional Video

TERRA Promotional Flyer


TERRA Construction WebCam (requires an ActiveX download)

USGBC Memphis Website (US Green Building Council)