In the past, HGTV has designated the energy-efficient home it builds for annual giveaways as the HGTV Green Home. But it was announced last week that the 2013 house will be called the HGTV Smart Home. The phrase "Green Home" will no longer be used.
That's an interesting concept to me because it ties into what I wrote about last week. That the idea of actually calling a new house "green" is becoming obsolete. Because new homes should automatically be green and the big news isn't about their expected energy efficiency, but what else they offer to homeowners. In this case, the structure will be a high-tech smart home that will connect many of the home's appliances and devices to allow occupants to monitor energy use and to control home systems such as security, interior climate, lighting and other electronics.
The home will, of course, also feature the latest in green living. And here on ProudGreenHome we will still call it a green home, because that's a phrase people understand. But just know that it will feature lots more than just core energy efficiency.
The new 2,400-square-foot HGTV Smart Home was designed by architect Mike Stauffer and will be constructed by Glenn Layton Homes. It will feature more than 1,000 square feet of covered porches, decks and a pool and it will be located in the Paradise Key South Beach neighborhood, five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and 20 minutes from downtown Jacksonville.
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.