Smart Home Initiative

Smart House
Melissa Whisnant - Project Manager

In a collaborative effort, Trillium Health Resources and Pitt Community College (PCC) are building a high-tech, energy-efficient home demonstration site on PCC’s campus that will be open for the public to see how assistive technology can help keep people in their homes, instead of moving into an assisted living facility.

With this partnership, the students of the PCC Architectural Technology program will design the home and the students of the PCC Construction & Industrial Technology Program will build it.

The demonstration home will be open to the public. Individuals and their families will be able to view technology and see how individuals may be able to use available technologies to remain in their communities instead of moving to a higher level of care, such as an assisted living situation.

This project will offer future and current contractors training in the different types of home modifications that can allow for better physical accessibility. This will also help train allied health professionals by making them aware of the latest technologies, so that they can recommend these technologies for use in the home.

Individuals with disabilities and the aging population are often faced with the unfortunate decision to have to move from their homes to higher levels of care. With the use of assistive and Smart Home technology, individuals would have the choice to remain in their homes. This demonstration home will widen awareness of technologies available, providing individuals and families the opportunity to see technology in action.