The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a remarkable new exhibit. Coined the future of green building technology, the museum has sponsored a “smart home” that has been designed to meet Passive House standards and will seek Passive House certification when placed in it’s permanent location.
The museum had over a hundred partners participate in the design, build, financing and furnishing of the home and garden that is now open to the public to tour on the museum campus. As typical to Passive House specifications it is extremely air tight, super insulated, contains no thermal bridges, and does not need a conventional furnace. The home instead is heated and cooled with a small ductless air source heat pump.
Though the home was not seeking well known LEED certification, it was designed with LEED criteria in mind and has many features that address the overall environmental impact of the building, besides energy usage. It is also seeking “Green Communities” certification which was developed by Enterprise Community Partners, a national funder of neighborhood redevelopment.