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To see how residential concrete construction combines luxury and sustainability, you might want to visit a luxurious four-story, 8800-square-foot house billed as the 2009 New American Home, showcased at the International Builders’ Show. Located in the Marquis by Blue Heron community minutes from the Strip, the house is open for tours daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The construction featured an insulated concrete forming (ICF) system and used 1000 cubic yards of concrete for the footings, exterior walls, basement and first floors, and diamond-polished garage floors, as well as 1500 square feet of walkways and patios built with precast concrete pavers.

The New American Home is high-end and expensive, but it includes myriad features that both save and produce energy, including ICF walls, heat-resistant glass windows, passive solar design, photovoltaic cells, and LED outside lighting. The home is being monitored by the U.S. Department of Energy to study its energy technology. Learn more about the construction of the New American Home.