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The Sound of Ideas

What Makes a Smart Home Smart?

Posted Thursday, June 9, 2011

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Try to imagine a house so efficient it doesn't have a furnace or an air conditioner. It may sound like magic, but the people at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History claim to have pulled it off. On The Sound of Ideas we'll find out why the Museum's Smart Home uses just ten per cent of the energy of a normal house. Plus: how it's built, how some of the materials are truly local, and how to adapt the ideas found there to just about any home. Hear from the smart people who designed and built Ohio's first passive house Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

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Front of the Smart Home during Monday's grand opening. Master bedroom showing view of Wade Oval on University Circle. Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) unit; main source of heating, cooling and fresh air movement. Mini-split heat pump supplements the ERV. Rain garden retains storm water until it can gradually flow to water table.

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Arts and Culture, Architecture, Environment, Health, Housing/Real Estate, Technology

Guests

Evalyn Gates, PhD, executive director & CEO, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
David Beach, director, GreenCityBlueLake Institute, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Chuck Miller, principal, Doty & Miller Architects
Clint Cravens, field operations manager, Green Street Solutions

Additional Information

Information on Smart Home at CMNH
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
GreenCityBlueLake Institute

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