One of the goals for The New American Home® 2019 was to build an extremely energy efficient home, and Daniel Coletti, owner and president of Sun West Custom Homes, noted that they have been able to accomplish this with the help of many talented folks.
“The entire engineering team at Owens Corning put together the energy and insulation package—which starts from the roof [and goes] all the way down to the slab edge insulation,” explains Drew Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Two Trails, a sustainable-building consulting and verification firm.
When Owens Corning looks at a system, they invest time to understand all the parts of it—from windows and air sealing to roof and orientation. They were able to select the right materials for the appropriate locations to create a higher performance building.
Neil Freidberg, Building Science Leader for Owens Corning, notes a couple examples of where they took additional measures to ensure the building’s energy efficiency:
- The R-value of the insulation used in the walls was increased to account for the many windows in this home.
- Adding two inches of infused insulation around the perimeter of the building helps with the thermal penetrating the slab floor and walls, and controls moisture.
Smith concludes, “We have integrated many of Owens Corning’s new products and a system that will leave this house extremely air tight and very energy efficient.”
This year’s edition of The New American Home will be 9,028 square feet and incorporate a wide variety of contemporary-modern design elements, characterized by minimal decoration, abundant glass and flat rooflines.
Registered 2019 IBS and KBIS attendees can tour The New American Home daily during show hours via complimentary shuttle buses departing every 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Convention Center.