Solar Powered Home Sets Up in Millennium Park

Smart home controlled through iPhone or iPad

By Jenel Nels
|  Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:29 AM CDT
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Viginia Tech students bring "green" home to Chicago to demonstrate benefits of solar power and green living.

Chicago's Millennium Park is playing host to a new wave in "green" living.

A set of Virginia Tech students erected a solar powered home called LUMENHAUS in the Chicago park Wednesday morning.

"It shows how green design and modular building could be the smart home of the future," said Daniel Beck, Virginia Tech Graduate Student. "Architecture needs to continually advance. It needs to be modern with the times."

LUMENHAUS is a completely self-sufficient home that uses advanced architectural techniques which zero electricity or natural resources. It's so technically advanced it  allows a person to operate the system remotely through an iPhone or iPad.

 

In July, 2010 LUMENHAUS took first prize in the Solar Decathlon Europe.

It will be on display on the South Promenade in Millennium Park through Saturday. Tours are free and operate daily from 10am to 4pm. 

After Saturday, LUMENHAUS will setup in downstate Plano, IL.

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