Recently, I went to see the Smart Home at the Museum of Science and Industry. The below paragraph will probably sound like an advertisement (since it came from the museum web site), but let’s just say, I agree with it:
You’re invited to explore a real, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home in the Museum’s own backyard to learn about the ways, big and small, that you can make eco-friendly living a part of your life.
The home, conceived by Michelle Kaufmann Designs and built by All American Homes, forms the exhibit Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas, which is open through January 4, 2009.
Celebrating exciting new directions in sustainable living and spectacular, environmentally-friendly technology, Smart Home offers guests guided tours of the 2,500 square-foot home and grounds, located in a park on the east side of the Museum. Bring your family to discover the latest innovations in reusable resources; smart energy consumption; sustainable gardens and green roofs; and clean, healthy-living environments in a contemporary setting.
When I went on the tour, the guide told us that almost everything in the house was available to consumers, even though it might not be the easiest to find. In other words, this was not a “in 10 years you will see this kind of technology” pipe dream…what they are showing is possible to every homeowner. So, if you are in Chicago before the end of the year, you should check it out.