Smart Home: Green + Wired, Science & Industry Museum

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Greater Quad Cities

I am glad to see a group of us here in the Active Rain community. I acquired my EcoBroker Certification about a month ago and I have been trying to position myself as the local eco-Realtor through print materials, websites and my new blog. I have been talking "green" until I'm "blue" in the face. I am the only EcoBroker within a 50 mile radius (and only a couple exist in a hundred mile radius) of my market area. No one here has any idea that a green certification even exists. So it's been fun answering the question, "What in the world is an EcoBroker?" It's kind of like running into someone you haven't spoken with in a while and them asking you "So, how is the market doing?" I think you all know what I am talking about; that same question can grow tiresome.

Anyway, my post is about an unbelievable home which was built as a full scale exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The home was constructed in part with wired magazine and was built to the nine with the latest in efficient technology.

The home was designed by San Francisco architect, Michelle Kaufmann, (my sister...yeah, I like to brag) and erected by All American Homes. Michelle designs and builds sustainable, efficient modular homes (like the mkSolaire in Chicago) for anyone wishing to drastically reduce their carbon footprint.

I took a tour of this home just after the grand opening. I was extremely impressed with the home from the minute I walked through the front door. On top of that, it was something my very own sister has accomplished and for that I could not be more proud. If any of you are in the Chicago area between now and January 2009, I highly recommend you check this fabulous home out. I know all of you EcoBrokers' will appreciate and enjoy this type of technology. Her styles are taking off so fast that pretty soon it will be in your market area.

The following was taken from from

"You're invited to explore a real, three-story modular and sustainable "green" home in the Museum's own backyard to learn about the ways, big and small, that you can make eco-friendly living a part of your life. 

The home, conceived by Michelle Kaufmann Designs and built by All American Homes, forms the exhibit Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas, which is open through January 4, 2009.

Celebrating exciting new directions in sustainable living and spectacular, environmentally-friendly technology, Smart Home offers guests guided tours of the 2,500 square-foot home and grounds, located in a park on the east side of the Museum. Bring your family to discover the latest innovations in reusable resources; smart energy consumption; sustainable gardens and green roofs; and clean, healthy-living environments in a contemporary setting."

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Life-long resident of the Iowa Quad Cities specializing in residential new construction, resales, investment properties and lots and land. Assisting buyers and sellers in Davenport, Bettendorf, the surrounding Scott and Clinton counties. Licensed in Iowa.

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