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Cleveland Natural History Museum "Smart Home" ready for permanent occupant
Super energy efficient museum exhibit is now real estate

by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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The Cleveland Natural History Museum's "SmartHome" making it's way to its permanent location nearby.
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Northeast Ohio’s most energy efficient house was converted today from a museum exhibit to a piece of Cleveland real estate.

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It was loaded onto a flatbed trailer and made the three-mile-an-hour trip a few blocks away to its permanent location among other homes on Wade Park Avenue near University Circle.   And it’s now up for sale. David Beach heads the natural history museum’s “Green City Blue Lake Institute.” He says besides costing only about 50-dollars a month to heat and cool, the so called Smart-Home is also very pleasant to live in.

 

Beach:  “No cold spots, no drafts, people aren’t used to living in a house of this quality in Northeast Ohio.  Niedermier:  A lot of people will say, this thing doesn’t have a furnace, describe how this home heats itself. Beach: The key with a passive house is to reduce the energy demands so low that you don’t need a lot of supplementary heating or cooling. And that’s done with great insulation, and great windows and doors that this house has pioneered. So all you need a little supplementary heat source, and we have a couple of air source heat pumps that provide the extra heating or cooling.” 

 

Body heat and the heat from cooking also help keep the house warm. Beach says many home builders are now using principles pioneered in the SmartHome project. If you’re interested in moving into the SmartHome, the asking price is about 300-thousand dollars.

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