Museum to showcase green home

Sunday, January 20, 2008

CHICAGO -- A three-story, fully functioning "green" home is going to be built on the campus of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Museum officials say the house will showcase the latest innovations in renewable resources and smart energy consumption.

For instance, guests will be able to see how wastewater from the shower and bath can then be used for toilets.

The 2,500-square-foot home is expected to be open to the public for nine months beginning May 8. It will be the basis for an exhibit called "Smart Home: Green Plus Wired."

The modular home is being built on an assembly line in Decatur, Ind.

It's expected to arrive at the museum in late February for final interior work, furnishing and landscaping.

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