Just 50 miles west of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) off Interstate 40 near Crossville, Tenn., 6,000 acres of woodland are about to be transformed into the kind of community that Jeff Christian once only dreamed of. Developers based in Overland Park, Kansas, have reached an agreement with ORNL for collaboration on Walden Reserve, a "green" residential development that would feature technologies tested and developed by ORNL's Buildings Technology Center.

"I have noticed that when I tell people that these new houses have energy costs of approximately 50 cents a day, they tend to think about their own homes. People respond to the idea. They just need education and awareness." -- Jeff Christian, ORNL, buildings technology researcher