The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) has a concept for the future of senior housing and it's going to be built for the association's annual meeting in Los Angeles later this year. The 2,600 square-foot Idea House, designed by the Atlanta office of THW Design, will feature the latest in innovation, universal design, and sustainability.
The 2010 Idea House is designed to be a net-zero energy structure with a relaxing courtyard, exterior shade devices, abundant natural lighting, and proper ventilation. The home will also have a green roof, garden, small wind turbine, and energy- and water-saving devices.
AAHSA plans some technology for health reasons, too. A home monitoring system will gauge motion, medication, and weight (accessible by family members) and PARO, a therapeutic robot baby seal, will provide animal therapy for the owners.