Sustainable Design of PNC SmartHome in Cleveland
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A contemporary sustainable house design has been built in The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s area, designed by Doty & Miller Architects who usually designs several sustainable buildings. It is opened to public, and becomes the only public Passive House in the country. It will provide new sustainable design outlook for those who care to the [...]
A contemporary sustainable house design has been built in The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s area, designed by Doty & Miller Architects who usually designs several sustainable buildings. It is opened to public, and becomes the only public Passive House in the country. It will provide new sustainable design outlook for those who care to the green environment.
The eco friendly house building provides the future view of energy-efficient house. It will show how humans can make responses of the needs of having energy-efficient facilities, to protect the environment from energy drought. The eco construction was design by applying passive house idea. It is hoped to save at least 90% of heating and cooling costs, compared to ordinary traditional houses.
The eco friendly construction is supported by SIP wall system. It was designed to work without a furnace. To achieve high sustainability, this house is built by utilizing eco friendly building materials and furnishings, and also the application of advanced storm water management. Healthy home environment also becomes an important consideration. The house also provides good connection of the inhabitants and the nature surrounded.
The passive house structure is provided by good insulation in walls, sealed building envelope, efficient heat-recovery ventilation, and ultra high-performance windows. The storm water management provides water sources for the house. The house uses pavement systems that were made from concrete, asphalt, unit pavers and recycled glass. These pavement systems allow water to directly drain through the pavement into a stone base reservoir below, which will reduce the sewer systems’ burden and increase the ground water’s quality.
This eco friendly building is also completed by a rain garden which utilizes the water collected from the south storm water systems. The landscape is completed by Ohio and the Great Lakes region’s native plants.
The eco building is powered by sustainable energy provided by the sun. The energy is collected by 4-panel, pole-mounted solar array, located on the south lawn area. An energy tracking system is also available. Of course the use of sustainable LED lightings, etc are also provided.
The two story sustainable construction is completed with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, plus a full basement. It will be displayed from June to September 2011, and will be moved to a nearby lot on Wade Park Avenue in University Circle. After that, it will be available to be purchased.