The New American Home combines architectural elegance with an Emerald certification under the National Green Building Standard from the National Association of Home Builders. It‚Äôs a showplace of green building products and techniques that can be applied to any home.
Concrete block exterior walls are insulated to R-16 using a wood-framed assembly and open-cell spray foam insulation on the interior. The unvented and air sealed attic has an average R-30 open-cell spray foam insulation on underside of roof deck.
Intelligent fire places manage heat flow for maximum comfort and efficiency. The home’s lighting, security alarms and smoke detectors are all wired together to send alerts when the owners are away.
60 percent of all interior and exterior lamps are energy-efficient CFLs, linear fluorescent lamps (LFLs), and LEDs. Electricity from the solar-assisted heat pump can be used for household purposes when the system does not require it.
Under the garden, a 1,700-gal cistern collects rainwater and pumps out non-potable water to nourish the landscape. In case of overflow, water runs into a buried filtration system and returns water to the ground rather than spewing it out into the street.
Native and drought tolerant plants, a weather-controlled irrigation system and a rainwater-harvesting system help keep the lawn and gardens lush using natural water sources to minimize environmental impact.