AK Steel Unveils Concept Home
Oct 2, 2003
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AK Steel today announced the completion of the AK Steel Concept Home, what the company says is the nation's first antimicrobial home. Located northwest of Los Angeles, CA, U.S., the concept home features products made from carbon and stainless steels utilizing coatings containing the AgION™ antimicrobial compound, which is said to reduce bacteria, mold, and fungus growth.

In total, the AK Steel Concept Home incorporates about 200,000 lb of steel, including 35,000 lb of steel coated with the antimicrobial compound. In the kitchen, antimicrobial-coated stainless steels are utilized on appliances, cabinets, and even ceiling panels. Throughout the home, "high- touch" features such as door handles utilize antimicrobial steel. In addition, the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is made with carbon-steel-coated with the microbe-resistant compound. The home's structural framing and portions of the exterior are also made of steel. The roof and many architectural elements are also made from stainless steel, which the company says enhances the home's appearance and makes it easier to maintain and more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and insect damage.

"The home's unique use of antimicrobial-coated steel is in response to the demand for products that help keep homes cleaner," said Alan H. McCoy, vice president of Public Affairs for AK Steel. "Public awareness of microbes has grown rapidly in the past few years, and with it so has the interest in products that can help address concerns for cleanliness. The AK Steel Concept Home also demonstrates how steel can enhance structural and architectural elements of residential construction," he said.

The AK Steel Concept Home includes products from several companies, including ATAS International, Inc., Carrier Corporation, CEMCO, Cres Cor, DACOR, DuPont Tyvek, Franke Consumer Products, Inc., Hobart Corporation, ICE-O-Matic, Lindab, Inc., Long Stanton Manufacturing, Marvel Scientific, McCall Refrigeration, McKinney Products Company, Next Door Company, Rixson, Rockwood Manufacturing, SARGENT Manufacturing Company, Titus, and Vita Mix Corporation.

The 11,000-sq-ft home is nestled on 130 hillside acres of striking rock formations and lush landscaping. Designed by architect David Martin of AC Martin Partners, the home's property borders Rocky Peak State Park and Pioneer Park in Simi Valley, CA, U.S. The home is constructed of 200,000 lb of steel and features a 6,000-bottle wine cellar, a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a view of the Simi Valley. The home is serving as the residence of Ed and Madeleine Landry of California, U.S.

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