Current and future homeowners can see for themselves the possibilities and potential of high-technology (smart) and environmentally friendly (green) home design by visiting the Northeast Indiana region’s first and only SmartGreen Home. The home, located at 2429 Smith Street in Renaissance Pointe, is now open for individual and group tours.
The goal of the SmartGreen Home is to create a single-family home that meets contemporary lifestyle needs while serving as a showcase for environmental responsibility and connectivity to the neighborhood and the world. At the heart of the home’s “smart” features is high-speed broadband connectivity that makes communicating, shopping, learning and home security easy and accessible. This “connected home” is plugged into a community of neighborhood services including healthcare, education and more.
From building materials to appliances, the components that make up the SmartGreen Home were selected for their high-efficiency, durability and environmentally friendly features. Recycled materials and natural products were used throughout the home restoration. However, one of the more important features of the home is perhaps the most subtle, the home itself. The 90-year-old home was scheduled for demolition. Instead of meeting the wrecking ball, the home received a high-tech, high-concept makeover.
Smart and/or Green features of the SmartGreen Home in Renaissance Pointe include:
IP (Internet Protocol) cameras viewable over the Internet
Camera motion sensors can trigger e-mail alerts
High-definition monitor for TV viewing and Internet browsing
One-button push to light all pathways in the home
HVAC, lighting and IP cameras are all controllable and programmable via wireless touch panel or over the Internet
Energy-efficient light fixtures using compact fluorescent light bulbs
Wall coverings made from natural materials
Recycled materials used for front and back porch flooring
The Renaissance Pointe concept was created as the result of a partnership between the City of Fort Wayne, a HUD-approved housing development organization, and the existing neighborhood association. Rather than building another residential development on the outskirts of the city, Renaissance Pointe builds upon the infrastructure of an existing neighborhood – essentially “recycling” an entire neighborhood. Green building increases the efficiency of land use. Additionally, amenities like a new greenway trail and the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown will encourage residents to walk or ride bikes rather than use their cars – encouraging better health and less fuel consumption.
For more information, contact the Office of the Mayor, 427-1111.