Bathroom mirrors that provide news and weather reports, a solar-powered toothbrush, and a telescope that names the night sky are just a few of the cutting edge technologies featured throughout this year's Smart Home in Chicago. Hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry and curated by Gizmodo, the home is a showcase for the hottest new technologies and the absolute best in sustainable building techniques. Given its clever use of energy, materials, and space, as well as its green roof, two beehives, and a bevy of other intelligent design components, it is no exaggeration to call the 2011 Smart Home the greenest house in Chicago.
This house is so green, it would take four pages to list all of its features, but we’ll give you a few of the best. Designed for a family of three, the modular eco-home features energy-efficient heated radiant subfloors, Low-E windows, and mechanized shading. Much of the flooring and furniture has been re-purposed, including the bathroom tile that is made from reclaimed bricks and a fifty year old dresser that has been given a new life.
Outside, only the smartest landscaping is used (it looks fairly unfettered to us) and space is maximized using an extensive trellis system. A green roof is great for insulation, and permeable pavement prevents unnatural runoff. The 2011 Smart Home provides fresh vegetables and herbs for three seasons, and has two beehives to boot! On show through January, 2012, the home is an extraordinary manifestation of what we can achieve. See it and be inspired!