The “Smart Home: Green + Wired” located at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry ended its exhibit on end January 4, 2009, but can still be found online. This home featured a range of Smart and Green technology that would appeal to both the average homeowner looking to cut down energy costs, to the late flower child whose ultimate goal is to reduce their carbon footprint to a negative figure.
The brain consists of a smart integrated control system which allows the homeowner to monitor and control every system throughout the home in order to obtain a comfortable environment with minimal power output. The home makes use of natural light with its large windows and three-story-tall skylight, minimizing the use of artificial light. The walls are painted with low-VOC paint, the floors are made of bamboo (faster growing time when compared to typical wood floors), and all of the furnishings are made from recycled material.
Walk outside of the home and you will still find ways to minimize dependence on natural resources. Rain barrels are used to water the garden, the roof features a drought-tolerant garden for insulation as well as skylights tinted with photovoltaic film designed to harness the power of the sun.
For more information about this project, Visit the online exhibit
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