Photo: JB Spector, Museum of Science and Industry
The Smart Home's roof is covered with modular trays in which drought-resistant succulents and wild onions have been planted. These plants don't have to be watered, and they provide year-round savings to home owners. "A green roof helps you extend the life of the roof because it actually protects from the elements, but it also keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer," Rashford says. You can eat the wild onions too!
While the Smart House was built to showcase the latest in green technology and design, Rashford says the eco-design field is growing and evolving rapidly, so the house will continue getting yearly updates as long as it is open to make sure it stays on the cutting edge.