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Builders' Show Showcase Home Pushes Technology Edge
Feb 6, 2013
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The International Builders' Show, held in Las Vegas in late January 2013, featured a 6,712-square-foot show home in the nearby Nevada desert. The home suppliers included:
* GE: security system from GE
* Nutone: central vacuum system
* Luxul: home networking system
* NextAire: two gas-engine heat pump/mini-split COP1.5 systems
* A solar thermal hot water system has an 80-gallon storage tank to provide most of the home's hot water
* Rinnai: natural gas tankless water heater (EF=0.96) to provide the remaining hot water for the home
* 14KW solar photovoltaic system

The New American Home 2013 was a desert-contemporary residence designed to take advantage of Nevada's year-round climate with easy flow from indoor to outdoor spaces, as well as offering cutting-edge energy efficiency.

The home was the 30th edition of The New American Home, intended to demonstrate new home appliances and products, as well as concepts in architecture, construction methods, and lifestyle trends.

Electronic systems contractor Eagle Sentry created a wireless network with full coverage of the home interior, outdoor living spaces, and the front and back yards. Smartphone control allows the homeowner to arm the security system, lower shades, dim or turn off lights, and adjust the HVAC system.

The home earned Emerald status under the green building certification process administered by the NAHB Research Center and based on principles set forth in the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. This is the most stringent of the four levels a home can attain. In addition, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded its LEED-H Platinum certification to the home.

Blue Heron, which built the 2009 New American Home, led all phases of building the 2013 home, including architecture, construction, and interior design.

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