The New American Home (TNAH) 2009 showcases the savings concrete systems provide home builders and homeowners. The exterior structural walls and basement foundation walls are built with insulating concrete forms.
As the official show home of the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 2009 International Builders' Show, the thermal mass of the concrete walls help the home achieve its high level of energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program estimates the home uses approximately 70% less energy for heating and 61% less energy for cooling than a comparably sized wood-frame home in a similar climate. This level far exceeds the ENERGY STAR requirement of being at least 15% more energy efficient than a typical home. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The home also is applying for Emerald status under the newly established NAHB Green Building Standard.
To learn more about TNAH 2009, visit www.buildersshow.com.