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Overview

The all-encompassing goal is to create a warm and welcoming home. Living Resources set out to create an environment that is comfortable to live in and user-friendly to severely disabled individuals.

Our 4000 square-foot, single level Smart Home was designed to increase independence for people with a variety of disabilities. The focus is on integrating adaptive smart home technology for six (6) individuals. Living Resources continues to test new technology; constantly searching for the next new solution that can improve quality of life.

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.

Design

Our Smart Home has six large bedrooms designed to give residents a personal space big enough to host their family and friends.

The open floor plan has 36” door openings, electrical outlets mounted at 18”, and switches mounted at 42” gives residents in wheelchairs more independence.

The kitchen is designed with accessible sink, range and prep areas. 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.

Electric radiant heating in bathrooms increases comfort. Scheduling the use of this heating for high traffic times increases the electrical efficiency of the home.

A large open living space with Apple TV integrated entertainment system gives our residents the ability to manage and choose their own entertainment .

Efficiency

A large solar array helps our home create an energy and reduce our carbon footprint. In addition to electricity, a solar water heating system adds another level of efficiency to our state of the art home.

Ceiling mounted motion sensors are programmed to turn off fixtures if no motion is sensed for a designated period of time.

Multiple HVAC zones help keep residents comfortable while reducing heating costs.

Technology

Lutron RadioRa 2 wireless total home control system allows lights, ceiling fans, and shades to be controlled with wall switches or wirelessly via phone, tablet, and voice as well as programed to a schedule, if desired.

For residents with limited gross motor function, Amazon Echo can control fixtures via voice commands. Echo responds to most adaptive communication devices.

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 is a simple action allows a resident in a wheelchair the ability to easily move around their environment.

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.

Research

Sixty-one percent of employee injuries come from manually lifting or repositioning individuals. Living Resources worked with the University at Albany and Human Condition Safety (a private company who uses wearable sensors to help keep employees safe) to create a wearable solution that can help increase employee safety. The study which can be viewed here, proved the concept. While this project is in its infancy, Living Resources and its partners in this study are confident that a wearable solution can be created.

Living Resources unveils barrier-free Smart House

Living Resources unveils barrier-free Smart House

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