The New American Home® (TNAH) celebrated its 25th anniversary when it opened its doors to attendees at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, once again displaying innovative building materials, cutting-edge design and the latest construction techniques to provide home builders with inspiration for energy-efficient, durable and stylish homes.
And as the association prepared to launch the NAHB National Green Building Program, The New American Home had the distinction of being the first show home built and certified to the program’s scoring tool. The house achieved a gold certification level.
Since its inception in 1984, The New American Home has showcased the products provided by the National Council of the Housing Industry (NCHI) — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB. It’s both a show home and a for-sale product, balancing architectural freedom with the bottom line. Mostly, The New American Home is a collection of ideas that the industry can take away — in large pieces, or bit by bit — and apply to millions of homes across the country each year.
The 2008 project was a collaborative effort involving builder Robertson Homes, home designer The Sater Group, interior designer Robb & Stucky and landscaper Outside Productions; all contributed unique and innovative green features to the home’s design and construction.
Co-sponsored by NCHI (now the Leading Suppliers Council) and Builder magazine, this year's The New American Home was a 6,725-square foot, plantation-style house in the prestigious Waters Edge subdivision, a gated, 11-lot development adjacent to a private golf and country club community along the banks of Orlando’s Lake Nona.
The two-story home is near a lakefront park and boat dock and features luxuries inside and out, with a family suite on the first level to accommodate an elderly parent or long-term guest, a first-floor master suite, an open kitchen and leisure room combination and an upstairs club room complete with theater-quality entertainment.
The home’s 2,950 square feet of covered outdoor space includes a kitchen and salon with a fireplace featuring arched openings to the lake view and a landscaped pool and spa.
To ensure the home’s energy efficiency and innovation, two U.S. Department of Energy Building America teams worked closely with NCHI. IBACOS, Inc. provided design and engineering support, and the Industrialized Housing Partnership provided performance testing.