The Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago re-opened in March, and this time they’re using Icynene insulation. The fully-functioning, prefabricated modular home was designed to show museum visitors how style and function can come together in one chic, eco-friendly package.
With décor by Midwest Living’s senior home editor and green technology from WIRED magazine, the home is powered by a wind turbine in the park and solar film on the roof. It also uses organic or repurposed materials, sustainable landscape techniques like raised bed planting and cistern watering, energy monitoring systems, and other features to ensure that the house runs efficiently.
Every aspect of The Smart Home, from the zero-VOC paint to the recycle steel furniture, represents a commitment to environmental practices. There’s even a biodiesel unit that converts regular cooking oil into usable auto fuel!
We’re thrilled to see Icynene as part of this project, because it educates visitors on sustainability and shows Icynene insulation in action. We think Icynene makes sense for new homes and offices or renovations, because it reduces excess noise pollution from insides and outside and improves the air quality of the space.
Icynene is also light-weight and versatile enough to use in ceilings, attics, garages, even in tight areas that conventional insulation can’t reach. Thanks to the energy savings, customers experience a higher return on investment as compared to traditional insulation, too.
As The Smart Home shows, elements like Icynene insulation can help homeowners shrink their carbon footprint without sacrificing comfort or style. Our hope is that projects like this will raise the visibility of Icynene and inspire others to choose eco-friendly insulation for their home or office building.
The Smart Home exhibit runs March 4, 2010 through January 9, 2011 at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum recommends buying timed tour tickets in advance.
Photos by J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry