“Smart Home” exhibit in Chicago reopens with even greener look

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago features a special exhibit that displays green innovations in home construction.

The number of American home shoppers who are looking for eco-friendly houses has been going up significantly of late. More people are realizing that green homes are not only beneficial for the environment, they can also save money on utility costs over time. Earlier this month, McGraw-Hill Construction reported that green home development is expected to make up to as much as 38 percent of the construction market by 2016.

The innovations and advances in green home construction have been limited only by the imaginations of the world's most brilliant architects and engineers. To display some of these amazing ideas, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago features its own "Smart Home."

The exhibit opened up in 2008, and since then, has been toured by more than 300,000 visitors, according to The Huffington Post. The museum just reopened the house after a number of green renovations were added with the help of tech experts from the blog Gizmodo and other bright minds.

The three-story home, which has its own 40-foot wind turbine, has a number of items that have been recovered or repurposed from other places, such as universities, other museums, steel plants and laboratories.

The home achieves a contemporary style with its reclaimed furniture and amenities, as well as with the way futuristic technology is integrated into everything from the front door to the bathroom's Cybertecture Mirrors that can log on to Facebook

The exhibit is called "Smart Home: Green + Wired," and will be open until January 6, 2013 and runs daily tours through 1:30 p.m. Tickets to go through the home, which also permit guests access to the museum, cost $23 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for children.

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