SmartHome Cleveland will open for public viewing this summer in conjunction with an exhibition about climate change.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History recently announced plans to construct a home that represents the future of energy-efficient housing--right on museum grounds.
"SmartHome Cleveland will give thousands of people hands-on experience with the most advanced, practical and attractive techniques of green building and energy conservation. It will also raise design standards in Northeast Ohio by increasing awareness of passive house principles, and can help make Cleveland a center for advanced design." - David Beach, director of GreenCityBlueLake Institute, the center for sustainability at the Museum.
The two-story house will have a net living space of approximately 2,500 square feet, including three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, plus a full basement. (Click here for proposed floor plans).
Three elements distinguish "passive house" structures from typical houses: high levels of insulation, with walls up to 18 inches thick; a carefully sealed building envelope with minimal air leakage combined with efficient heat-recovery ventilation for superior indoor air quality; and ultra high-performance windows—typically triple-paned.
Designed without a furnace, SmartHome Cleveland will be 90 percent more energy efficient than a typical home. It will be constructed using sustainable materials and furnishings, advanced stormwater and healthy housing techniques, and biophilic design to connect occupants to nature.
While the Museum's upcoming Climate Change exhibit will address the effect of human actions on the Earth, SmartHome Cleveland will demonstrate how humans can act to affect an energy-efficient future and can help change ideas about how Northeast Ohio homes are designed, build and lived-in.
SmartHome Cleveland will be on display from June to September 2011. Afterward, the house will be moved to a lot on Wade Park Avenue in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood and become available for purchase.