Duke's 'Smart Home' wins green award

Posted October 23, 2008 10:35 p.m. EDT

— The Duke Smart Home Program, a high-tech, 10-student residence for green living and learning, has been selected as the Green Nonprofit Program of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal.

Built with recycled and sustainable materials, the 6,000-square-foot live-in laboratory was designed by students and advisers.

“We are proud of the Smart Home and its students,” said Tom Katsouleas, dean of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. “As the site of the first LEEDS Platinum rated dormitory in the world, it is a reflection of Duke engineering’s commitment to sustainable technology development and, as a student-initiated project, is a reflection of the leadership and strong sense of social consciousness that are characteristics of our students.”

The winners were honored during a ceremony Thursday evening at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.