The radically redesigned Freedom and Patriot homes at Fort Belvoir respond to the unique physical and emotional needs of our nation’s deserving wounded warriors. The homes’ features, all of which are designed specifically with the wounded warrior in mind, include window and door status sensors, adjustable height countertops, and video monitoring systems. The Freedom home welcomed a returning active duty wounded warrior and his family in November 2011, while the Patriot home will first remain open for a short time as a model for research and education. These concept homes served as prototypes for 19 additional accessible homes at Fort Belvoir and contributed to a broader dialogue on how developers and builders can leverage thoughtful, human-centered design to better accommodate all people with disabilities.
The Patriot and Freedom homes at Fort Belvoir include high efficiency HVAC systems, low-e windows, EnergyStar® appliances, low VOC paints, CFL lights, and shade structures outside windows to reduce daylight heat.