When the International Builders’ Show opens next month, a demonstration house on the show floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center will give attendees a glimpse of what the future of home building could look like—one in which houses are built in a factory and assembled on site in mere days as opposed to months or years.
The house in question will be Builder’s LivingHome show home, a 2,000-square-foot contemporary house that was, in fact, built in a Southern California factory, transported to Las Vegas, and assembled on the show floor. Though the home will be a radical departure from what most builders are accustomed to, it will provide an intriguing case study of a process that takes advantage of the automation and assembly-line process of manufacturing.
Because the home was built in a factory, it is tighter, stronger, and more uniform than homes built on site. Controlled factory conditions mean components were never exposed to rain, and walls and floors will be truly plumb, level, and square. It also means the process of building generated less waste than conventional construction.
The products in the home are an important part of the green equation. Products were picked for their ability to maintain clean indoor air, conserve water, and save energy.
For example, an automatic ventilation system from Broan will monitor moisture levels in the bathrooms and activate automatically when needed; a Beam central vacuum system will allow residents to clean up while keeping airborne dust to a minimum; and HVAC mini-duct air distribution and ventilation systems from Goodman and Hi-Velocity Systems will keep the indoor air fresh.
Energy Star appliances such as the Whirlpool Duet laundry pair with steam will save energy, while a variety of ultra-low-flow and dual-flush toilets from Kohler will save water.
Turn the page for a look at some of the home’s other sustainable products that can help you green your houses.
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