The 2012 New American Home

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Now completed near Orlando, The New American Home 2012 is a re-interpretation of the Classic White Box of the 1960s and ’70s made popular by leading architects such as Le Corbusier and Richard Meier.

Phil Kean of Winter Park, Fla., the architect and builder of the 2012 home, sought to honor the architecture of the past while taking advantage of current technologies and design trends. Kean focused on functional and transitional spaces and attention to detail instead of square footage, and the design uses space efficiently to create a calm and serene living environment.

The latest green building products and methods were factored into every aspect of the home’s design. Kean designed the home to achieve “Emerald” status under the green building certification process administered by Home Innovation Research Labs and based on principles set forth in the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard™ approved by ANSI. Emerald is the highest of the four levels of achievement a home can attain.

TNAH 2012 Certifications:

  • ICC 700 National Green Building Standard Emerald certification
  • US DOE Energy Star certified
  • Florida Green Building Coalition Platinum certification
  • Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Designation
  • Florida Water Star Gold designation
  • US EPA Indoor airPlus Qualified
  • US DOE Builders Challenge qualified
  • USGBC LEED-H Platinu” certification

Now in its 29th year, The New American Home (TNAH) is constructed in conjunction with the NAHB International Builders’ Show to showcase innovative construction technologies and the latest building products.

NAHB and Hanley Wood’s Builder magazine co-sponsor the show home.

As NAHB’s official show home, TNAH gives building industry professionals an opportunity to see design trends, construction techniques, and materials that can be used in any new or remodeled home. The showcase products in the home are provided by members of the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council.

Kean designed The New American Home 2012 to take maximum advantage of Florida’s friendly climate. Walls of movable glass panels and motorized screens provide a seamless flow from the indoor to the outdoor spaces.

At 4,181 square feet, the home was the smallest in The New American Home series in many years. It was displayed as a two-bedroom floor plan to appeal to empty nesters, and has four additional rooms that can be converted to bedrooms if needed.

Kean built The New American Home 2012 on an infill site in an older neighborhood close to downtown Winter Park. Amenities within walking distance include shops, restaurants and a public library.