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Cleveland Museum of Natural History to Build Energy-Efficient SmartHome

CLEVELAND Jan. 24, 2011

SmartHome Cleveland was designed using the Passive House methodology, the world’s most advanced standard of energy performance. The house will be built using a wall system based on structural insulated panels. Construction should be completed in early June, when it will become a temporary exhibition.  

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. 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.

David Beach Northeast Ohio Cleveland

September 2011 Cleveland

Northeast Ohio Evalyn Gates Cleveland

Chuck Miller Cleveland

SmartHome Cleveland is funded by The Cleveland Foundation, The George B. Storer Foundation, an anonymous donor and several other sponsors.

SOURCE Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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