Category Archives: Green Home

A fully-functioning, smart home exhibit has opened on the grounds of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The home reflects “the lifestyleSmart Home Green + Wired Exhibit of a couple¬† looking to minimize home maintenance, maximize efficiency and settle in to a space that not only is beautiful, but functional.”

The three-story pre-fab, modular home features innovative home technologies, products, furniture and has a Smart Home Park offering techniques for urban gardening. Modular homes can be fully customized,  are factory built and can be completed much sooner than a traditional build.

Michelle Kauffman, architect, incorporated five key eco-principles into her design:

  • Smart Design: full-home automation, high ceilings, abundant light
  • Material Efficiency: Renewable/recyclable materials, modular
  • Energy Efficiency: green roof, solar panels, wind turbine
  • Water Efficiency: low-flow shower heads, dual-flush toilets, use of gray water
  • Healthy Environment: non-toxic materials, no or low-volatile organic compounds, water recycling, permeable paving materials

The Exhibit runs through January 9, 2011.

Design Modifications support independence and provide ergonomic caregiver environments. This reduces the injury risk for residents and scarce caregiver resources (both paid and family/informal). Reduced injuries saves medical dollars and misery. That is good value for our effort and investment.
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Remodeling the bathroom is a good starting place to make a home more sustainable for aging in place. AARP research shows that more than half (52%) of American homeowners age 45 and older are interested in remaining in their homes as they get older. Green remodeling reduces monthly utility bills while universal design elements increase comfort and improve lifestyle, and all people — no matter their age — appreciate additional comfort and safety. Today, advances in technology make it possible to improve both convenience and performance.
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Go Potty and Go Green

Having a modern toilet bidet in your home will reduce toilet paper consumption from 50 to 100% via the effective cleansing of the warm water wash and optional warm air dryer. In addition, a toilet bidet only uses an average 5-7 cents of electricity per day – even less when its power saving features are activated. The use of a toilet bidet supports both a green lifestyle and aging in place. Continue Reading

Energy and cost efficiency are two perks of building using green architecture and design. At first the cost of building green may seem steep compared to a standard home, but the savings on utility bills can compensate handsomely. In green house design, electricity is used more efficiently. Continue Reading Age in place at home, it's where you want to be.