The New American Home 2015 in Henderson, Nev., just outside of Las Vegas, is touted for its walls of glass, courtyards, and bubbling fountains, bringing the outside in but keeping the desert heat out. According to the Washington Post, some builders in the D.C. area want to take this concept home with them.
But will features designed for the desert work for homes in a swamp? “The idea of actually building a New American Home each year is to present new ideas and new technology that the builders who tour it can bring back to their region and incorporate into their homes,” Michelle Desiderio, vice president of Innovation Services at the Home Innovation Research Labs in Upper Marlboro, Md., tells the Washington Post. “Builders are not expected to wholesale replicate what they see, but there are ideas that can be translated for everything from a starter home to a luxury home.”
An idea that will translate well regardless of geographic location and local temperatures includes the New American Home’s use of products. “Among the more practical and replicable elements of this home are energy-efficient windows designed to provide an abundance of natural light while shielding interior spaces from the harsh heat, as well as water-saving faucets and toilets,” the Washington Post reports.