Sunday, June 29, 2008

Green Destinations in Chicago

Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas, which is open through January 4, 2009.

Tour the “Greenest Home in Chicago!” at the Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit invites you to explore a real, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home learn about latest innovations in reusable resources, smart energy consumption, sustainable gardens and green roofs,and clean, healthy-living environments in a contemporary setting. Your tour will conclude on the roof, which is covered by a green-roof garden as well as photovoltaic film, which harvests daylight and provides much of the home’s electrical energy. Rooftop gardens not only act as a source of cooling in the summer and insulation in the winter, but also absorb precipitation, which reduces storm water runoff, which can be reused for landscape irrigation.

Another exhibit from the Chicago Architecture Foundation "Green With Desire: Can We Live Sustainably in our Homes?" This installation offers a look at eight desires for home life: permanence, convenience, ownership, affordability, status, privacy, comfort and shelter. Open from June 24 through September 5 at 224 S. Michigan Avenue, this free exhibition explores how homes determine the quality of our lives—and the health of the planet.

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