When I was in Washington, D.C., a couple weekends back, in addition to participating in GWU’s real estate competition and visiting AWEA, I took a tour of the National Building Museum’s exhibit called "The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design." If you’ve been there, by all means, leave a comment as to what you thought. I thought it was a great exhibit. I wanted to take pictures to show everyone, but no cameras were allowed inside. Regardless, pictures wouldn’t do it justice, because the entire exhibit showcases some incredible green concepts and materials.
Included in the tour is a real-life The Glidehouse, which is a prefab by Michelle Kaufmann. It’s very cool. Very modern. The tour also has a Heliodon, or a sun machine, which allows you to see how the sun hits a home (see solar orientation). The exhibit also explains the 5 Principles of Sustainable Homes:
- Optimizing Use of Sun
- Improving Indoor Air Quality
- Using the Land Responsibly
- Creating High-Performance and Moisture-Resistant Homes
- Wisely Using the Earth’s Natural Resources
Towards the end, there’s a green materials section that lets you see and feel different green floorings, ceilings, countertops, and paints. I heard people looking at it saying stuff like, "Wow, that’s nice…," or "That doesn’t look green at all…" It’s true. The environmental movement of yesterday has an entirely new face for the future. It looks good and comes at a competitive price. If you can’t go to D.C. or you want some more information, you can buy the exhibit book here or at your local bookstore. The Green House Exhibit will be on display until June 24, 2007.