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Eskaton National Demonstration Home

Category: Builder, less than 2,500 square feet: A home for all ages—with social graces and an environmental conscience

  • Universal design in action
  • Affordable homes and apartments
  • The latest technology

This demonstration home offers state-of-the-art technology, livable design elements, and environmentally friendly features. With the building currently used as a learning center for consumers, caregivers, and building professionals, various telemonitoring and surveillance systems are on display. The home's surveillance system boasts vacancy sensors, which automatically turn off lights to help lower utility bills. This surveillance technology is also nice at night: Motion-sensors trigger pathway lighting for the bathroom, allowing for easier and safer navigation. For fun, a social-monitoring system can help family members check on each other and stay in touch by sending e-mail and pictures. … Back to Article

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