The Smart Home is a 6,000 square foot live-in research laboratory operated by Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and was the first LEED™ Platinum certified residence hall. The Smart Home at Duke creates a dynamic "living laboratory" environment that contributes to the innovation and demonstration of sustainable-living development on campus and in the larger community.
The goals for the residents of The Smart Home are to:
Commit to and explore an energy efficient lifestyle
Compare, use and develop smart and sustainable technology
The goal of the Duke Smart Home Program is to offer a research and educational program that emphasizes energy efficient, sustainable and ‘smarter’ living. Smarter living is defined as using technology for automation in a way that encourages behavior we want and need to achieve our values of energy efficient, sustainable living. The Smart Home is completely self-sustainable. There are currently 10 Duke undergraduate students who live in the Smart Home and are responsible for the upkeep of the Home and property as well as conducting research pertaining to sustainable development.