Eco Chamber

Modular prototype slated for the Museum of Science and Industry

Where is Chicago’s greenest house? Beginning May 8th, it will be in Hyde Park, immediately east of the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is erecting a 2,500-square-foot house that incorporates many of the latest innovations in eco-friendly homebuilding-everything from positioning windows on the house so they can maximize cross-ventilation, to installing bathroom countertops made from recycled bottles. Contemporary in styling and surrounded by an eco-friendly landscape, the house is the design of Michelle Kaufmann, a California architect who specializes in modular green homes-that is, homes that are built primarily in a factory and then assembled on-site. The house will be open to the public from May 8, 2008, to January 4, 2009; tours will cost $10 plus museum admission ($5 for children under 12). At presstime, the museum had not announced what will become of the house after the exhibit closes.


Illustration: Courtesy of The Museum of Science and Industry



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