Motion sensors mounted on the ceiling can be programmed to turn lights and other fixtures on or off as desired. For example, when a resident opens the door to their bathroom the lights and fan turn on automatically. This simple action allows a resident in a wheelchair to move around their environment with ease. Additionally, these motion sensors are programmed to turn off fixtures when no motion is sensed for a designated period of time, thus making the house more energy efficient.
Our Smart Home is immensely energy efficient. The floor plan was designed to take advantage of natural light and passive solar. Our passive solar system collects, stores, and distributes solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and rejects solar heat in the summer. The solar panels power not only electricity, but also heat water to create an energy efficient, green home. Additionally, electric radiant heating in bathrooms increases comfort while scheduling the use of this heating for high traffic times increases the electrical efficiency of the home.
Our Smart Home kitchen is designed with an accessible sink, range, and prep area. The oven and dishwasher were installed at a height that makes them more accessible to residents in wheelchairs. A large custom kitchen table has been designed to accommodate wheelchairs of all sizes. A magnetic Induction cooktop provides a safe workspace for learning about cooking. A motion sensor integration turns off the cooktop if left unattended for five minutes. This added safety measure is in place to prevent potential fires and burns.