The "Drexel Smart House" would also serve as a dorm that could accommodate 10 residents. In December the university pledged $1.1 million toward the $2.5 million project, giving it a much needed financial boost.
Construction is set to begin in May, with plans to renovate the historic building and construct a 4,600-square-foot addition. A number of green features have been incorporated such as energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a graywater capture-and-reuse system. Because the house is the same style as many others in the community, the technology tested in the house can be transmitted throughout the community.