2011 New American Home…Elegance with Green Innovation
Press release from National Association of Home Builders…..
The 2011 edition of The New American Home (TNAH) features leading-edge green building technology woven seamlessly into the elegant architecture of the well-crafted house. The home has achieved “Emerald” status under the National Green Building Standard certification program.
Featuring American Empire design with Greek Revival elements, the home combines an inviting layout with graceful style, eccentric interiors and easy classicism. Built in a quiet Orlando neighborhood, it offers lake views with the Orlando skyline beyond. The show home is a highlight of the International Builders’ Show (IBS), taking place this week in Orlando.
“Anyone attending the International Builders’ Show should see The New American Home,” said Alex Hannigan, a past TNAH builder and current chairman of the TNAH Task Force that oversees the project each year. “Whether you’re looking for ideas on green building, technology systems integration or the latest design trends, this home will give you great ideas that you can take back to your business.”
As NAHB’s official show home, it displays design trends, construction techniques, and materials that the building industry can use in any new or remodeled home. The showcase products in the home are provided by members of NCHI, the National Council of the Housing Industry, the leading manufacturers and suppliers for the construction industry.
In keeping with increasing demand for energy- and resource-efficiency, TNAH 2011 has achieved “Emerald” certification under the National Green Building Standard. To attain Emerald status under the standard, TNAH 2011 relies on the latest innovations in green building and construction technology, including a state-of-the-art energy efficiency package. The home’s green building features include masonry block construction for exterior walls, a solar assisted HVAC system, solar hot water heater with gas backup, and spray foam insulation for different parts of the house. It also includes a greywater recycling system, tankless hot water heaters, hydronic air handlers, and “intelligent” fire places.
The motorized draperies, lighting controls and integrated music system are tied into an automation system provided by Control4, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Electronic Creations of Orlando designed the home’s structured wiring and integrated the elements of the home automation system. The security system includes perimeter security, burglar alarm and smoke detectors all tied into a system that can send automatic status notifications while the owners are away. The Lennox HVAC and solar power system are also integrated with Control4 technology.