Seasonal Special Happenings

Welcome Home, Smarty

When: Mon., June 20 2011

Imagine a house that has no furnace, but stays warm with less energy than it takes to operate two hair dryers. Hard to believe? Well, the PNC SmartHome Cleveland, which opened this month at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, is full of energy-saving suprises. Built to demonstrate how humans can create an environmentally sound future, the structure is the most advanced, energy-efficient house in the country. Among its features: 12-inch insulated walls, ultra high-performance windows, and air-tight construction to keep out drafts. The SmartHome boasts three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 2,500 square feet of living space — and once the exhibit is over, it'll be for sale. The SmartHome is open today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours cost $5 in addition to regular museum admission; snag your timed ticket at the ticket office at 1 Wade Oval Drive; call 216-231-4600 or visit cmnh.org. — Kerrigan

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