Folks in Cleveland aren’t going to watch the economy leave with Mr. James.  They’re working on a future-forward demonstration built to what’s heralded as the world’s most rigorous energy standard for homes.  The Passive House, referred to as SmartHome Cleveland, was designed by Chuck Miller of Doty & Miller Architects and will be built on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

SmartHome will have SIPs, high-performance windows, a heat recovery ventilator, and an airtight building envelope (see wall section below).  As a result, the goal is something that’s 90% more efficient than a typical home.

But it will also be more than just energy-efficient.  Plans call for – in general terms – sustainable materials, advanced storm water techniques, healthy housing elements, and biophilic design, according to Cleveland Museum.

The traditional-style, 2,500 square-foot home will have three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a full basement, according to a press release.  The museum will charge an entrance fee of $5 (plus museum admission) and will keep the place open for tours approximately June-September 2011.

Upon the close of the exhibit, SmartHome will be moved to a lot on Wade Park Avenue in University Circle and made available for purchase.  Hopefully it moves a little quicker than another Passive House on the market in Kansas City.  I’ll follow up later in the year.

Update: as pointed out in the comments, according to The Plain Dealer, the home is expected to cost ~$525,000 to build and it will be sold in the range of ~$300,000 – $400,000.

Credits: Doty & Miller Architects.