Cleveland Gains Passive House SmartHome

The West Coast has Southern California Edison’s Smart Energy Experience modeling the home of the future, and soon, the Midwest will have SmartHome Cleveland. This new house, constructed by the The Cleveland Museum of Natural History on museum grounds, will be open to the public this summer for viewing in conjunction with an exhibition on climate change.

While some may scoff at a home designed without a furnace in Cleveland, Ohio, the home will make use of advanced Passive House methodology to stay warm in the winter (and cool in the summer) via thick walls, structural insulated panels, a carefully sealed building envelope combined with efficient heat-recovery ventilation and ultra high-performance windows (i.e., triple-paned).

SmartHome Cleveland

image via The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

“SmartHome Cleveland will give thousands of people hands-on experience with the most advanced, practical and attractive techniques of green building and energy conservation,” said David Beach, director of GreenCityBlueLake Institute, the center for sustainability at the museum, in a statement. He goes on to note that the project will also help to raise design standards in Northeast Ohio by increasing awareness of Passive House principles.

SmartHome Cleveland will be on display from June to September 2011–after which, the house will be moved to a lot on Wade Park Avenue in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood and become available for purchase.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.