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What to Look Forward to in The New American Home 2016

What role can theater smoke play in the construction of a home? During the construction of The New American Home 2016, green build consultants from Florida-based Two Trails used this theatrical staple to verify how airtight all ducts and insulation in the home were.

The 33rd home in The New American Home series will feature 5,280-square-feet of the latest green and sustainable building materials, acting as a real world laboratory that demonstrates best practices in energy efficiency and sustainable construction methods.

A video gives a glimpse of how the building and design team makes sure the home is as airtight as possible, allowing residents to live comfortably without using too much energy to keep the home at comfortable levels.

The design and build team is composed of Las Vegas-based Element Design Build and landscape architect Sage Design Studios. Home Innovation Research Labs from Upper Marlboro, Md., works on housing technology and Two Trails of Sarasota, Fla., acts as the green build consultant and verifier.

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Oklahoma Builders Take Home Ideas from The New American Home 2015

The average buyer for a home in the Las Vegas area usually looks for something much different than the average buyer in any of Oklahoma’s major metropolitan areas. Oklahoma builder Tony Foust described the high-tech New American Home with a $3 million price tag “sort of a fantasy home,” but with “systems that really do fit our Oklahoma market.”

For example, the garage door opener of The New American Home impressed Mark Livingston, a founder of Oklahoma-based Development Services LLC.

Livingston told News Oklahoma that when he watched the Liftmaster Elite Series 8500, a belt-drive unit that replaces the traditional hung-from-the-garage ceiling track, he thought “Why didn’t I think of that?

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Why The New American Home is the Home of the Future

Architect Brett Robillard likens The New American Home 2014 at Sky Terrace in Henderson, Nev., to couture in fashion, writing that “the home employs an incredible attention to detail and luxury.”

He is quick to add that, despite the luxury, “I believe there are important lessons [in the New American Home] for those interested in the ‘everyday’ kind of home,” he writes in a piece published in Vegas Seven.

The biggest lesson to learn, according to Robillard, is the connectivity of the home of the future.

“As technology fuses with our everyday lives, we see the inclusion of devices and the control they offer as integral aspects of the buildings in which we live and work,” he writes. “Today, the entire house can be programmed via mobile phone to create a particular setting or mood. Security, environmental sustainability and pure comfort are all immediately and interactively at the homeowner’s fingertips.”

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