The IBS 2009 in Las Vegas will bring along with many fresh ideas, some cool new blueprints for future buildings that will steal the spotlight in the coming years. But one tradition of the congregation that will once again be looked at closely for more reasons than one is the New American Home for 2009 that Microsoft and a few other select tech companies were involved in designing.
Though this year’s building was expected to be less lavish and more economic than previous versions because of the slowdown seen by the global economy and the real estate sector it’s just as grand as always, and has a plus. It introduces a whole new energy efficient concept.
Spread over 8,721 square feet in size, the home is a net zero-energy design – anything but a modest enterprise, that features nothing less than 56 solar panels that are responsible to generate all the energy it needs on a daily basis. Other than that, the house also uses ICFs, LED lighting, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, airtight building construction and energy efficient windows.
- 55% whole house energy savings compared to benchmark (w/o solar)
- 77% whole house energy savings compared to benchmark (w/ solar)
- Total utility costs are ~$2,500 per year (electrical & natural gas)
- There’s a 10.64 kW solar pv system made of 56 solar panels
The New American Home seems to be like a blueprint for the future homes; grand and green. It’s one of the most amazing designs I’ve seen in a while and calling it a “dream home” just doesn’t do justice. Check out the gallery after the break.