IBS Offers Virtual Tours of New American Home
The most exciting and innovative products and technologies from The New American Home will be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the International Builders’ Show (IBS) on Jan. 19-22.
A special exhibition, “Vision 2010: The New American Home,” will feature a narrated, state-of-the-art virtual tour of the 2010 home, as well as an exhibition of the most innovative products going into the showcase home.
The virtual tour and product showcase take the place of on-site tours of The New American Home (TNAH), which will not be completed before the Builders’ Show begins. Like many building projects around the country, The New American Home 2010 is a victim of the credit crisis that is hammering the home building industry nationwide. It is the first time in the 27-year history of the program that the home will not be ready on time.
When completed, The New American Home 2010 will be a model of style and technological innovation, built to NAHB’s National Green Building Standard and the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program. As always, the showcase home includes some of the most interesting and innovative new products on the market.
NAHB is creating Vision 2010: The New American Home for the many IBS attendees who look forward to learning about the new products and technologies that go into the home.
Just as TNAH serves as a lab for new products and construction technologies, Vision 2010: The New American Home will give builders, architects and other building industry professionals a good look at the design trends, construction technologies and products that shaped this year’s home.
For the convenience of IBS attendees who want to learn about the latest design trends and see the latest new products, Vision 2010: The New American Home will be located just across the hall from the main entrance to the exhibition floor in Room 109/110N of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
There is a lot to like about TNAH 2010.
The home’s green building features include APEX block construction for exterior walls, solar hot water with gas backup, several types of insulation for different parts of the house, and photovoltaic cells. It also includes a greywater recycling system, tankless hot water heaters, hydronic air handlers and “intelligent” fireplaces. It even has a green roof system to cover part of the patio.
TNAH also features a Cupolex structural flooring system, which is designed to mitigate radon, volatile organic compounds and humidity that can be held in homes with traditional flooring systems. The Italian-made Cupolex system is used throughout Europe, but is new to the United States.
In addition to energy efficiency systems, the 2010 home includes a number of features designed to enhance resource efficiency. These include:
- Low-VOC paints, stains, adhesives and sealants
- Formaldehyde-free wood cabinetry, paneling and sheathing
- Borate-based cellulose insulation
- No CFC, HCFC or halon based HVAC refrigerants
- Whole-house automation system
- Whole-house lighting control system
- Dual flush toilets
- Low flow shower heads and faucets
- Native and drought-tolerant plants
- Weather controlled irrigation system
- A rainwater collection system
Cabinets by Timberlake, windows by Sierra Pacific, appliances by Thermador and closets by Closet Factory are among the many high-end products found in the showcase home.
Designed by the KTGY Group of Irvine, Calif., the home features hot trends in outdoor living, including elegant entertaining areas, retractable screens and an outdoor kitchen and fireplaces. The entire rear of the house opens up into indoor-outdoor living areas. A bridge connects the family room, kitchen and entertainment areas to the bedroom areas.
Las Vegas builder Domanico Custom Homes is constructing TNAH 2010, which is roughly 75% complete. The home was on pace to be completed on schedule until the private lender that was financing the project ran into credit problems and had to withdraw financing. Lender reluctance to make loans for acquisition, development and construction, coupled with the housing downturn in Las Vegas, made it difficult to find alternative financing for TNAH. Domanico was not able to secure financing in time to complete the showcase home.
For more information, e-mail Blake Smith at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8583.