New Year, New Home

The New American Home 2012 may be being built for the future, but it’s also a bit of a throwback.

The 2012 home, which is currently under construction and will be displays at the 2012 National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando in February, is a reinterpretation of the classic white box-style design of the ’60s and ’70s. The home, which in recent years has been a showcase in home technologies, green building and energy efficiency, will be the greenest and smartest home to date – and smaller than years past.

According to the home’s architect, Phil Kean of Phil Kean Designs in Winter Park, Fla., the home will be displayed as a two-bedroom floor plan that will appeal to empty nesters, and will have four additional rooms that could be converted to bedrooms if needed. At 4,181 square feet, the home will be the smallest in The New American Home series in many years.

Designed to achieve “Emerald Status” under the National Green Building Standard, among a slew of other green certifications, The New American Home 2012 also is designed to take maximum advantage of Florida’s outdoor-friendly climate, with walls of movable glass panels and motorized screens providing a seamless flow from the indoor to the outdoor spaces. Among the other 2012 certifications

Now in its 29th year, TNAH serves as a real-world laboratory demonstrating homebuilding concepts, materials, designs and construction techniques that can be replicated by building professionals in any place at any price range.

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