What Every Homeowner Is Looking For
When the expected 100,000-plus attendees to the International
Builders Show come to Orlando, FL, in January, they most likely
will gather at a very timely exhibit: The NextGen Peace of Mind
Constructed in the parking lot of the Orange County Convention Center, this 2,500-square-foot
home, built by custom homebuilder BrownStone Builders & Associates, will
showcase the latest innovations in home building and design from storm-resistant
construction to the latest advancements in home air quality, energy efficiency,
home control and interior products. This year Draperies & Window Coverings
magazine has joined with NextGen home producer, iShow, as a media sponsor of
the Peace of Mind demonstration home and Vinylbilt Shutter Systems, Suwanee,
GA, is the exclusive interior window coverings sponsor.
PEACE OF MIND
The theme of the 2006 NextGen home is Peace of Mind and it starts with construction.
Built to the Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) “Fortified
. . . for safer living®” program, the home offers a flexible and affordable
means to construct a disaster-resistant new home anywhere in the country. “The
NextGen home offers a great opportunity to present the program to builders looking
to add this kind of value for their customers,” says Kevin Barber, vice
president of communications at IBHS.
Visitors to the home will enjoy not only a look at better building products,
but also a hands-on introduction to the latest advancements in home air quality,
energy efficiency and home control. “The idea is to meld all of these new
technologies into a home that truly offers its resident what every homebuyer
is looking for: peace of mind,” says Paul Barnett, president of iShow.
According to the U.S. government, natural gas costs are predicted to jump about
48 percent this winter, significantly raising heating bills across a country
where 52 percent of households rely on natural gas to heat their homes. This
has left homeowners and homebuilders with strong financial incentives to make
today’s homes as efficient as possible. Helping to provide the peace of
mind that comes from knowing energy bills will be kept under control, the 2006
NextGen home will feature a range of new efficient products and building technologies,
some that also do double duty in helping to create a healthier home.
For example, there’s the radiant floor heating system that saves homeowners
up to 30 percent in annual heating costs while providing uniform heating. A non
forced-air heating alternative, this system also improves indoor air quality
by reducing the circulation of allergens and airborne dust.
The home also will feature the first HVAC system that allows homeowners to control
a home’s temperature, humidity, airflow, ventilation, indoor air quality
and zoning all from a single control that can be accessed remotely at any time
via the telephone or Internet. The system also includes electronic air cleaners,
UV lights and an air purifier.
And let’s not forget the windows, a prime candidate for heat loss and gain
if not treated. Throughout the home’s interior Vinylbilt shutters will
help reduce heating and air-conditioning costs in maintaining a comfortable environment
as well as provide fire retardant light control, privacy and security.
Other energy saving features in the home include electronic faucets, Energy Star® appliances
and a tankless water heater.
With today’s constantly on-the-go lifestyles, creating peace of mind is
also about offering homebuyers constant access to their homes, no matter where
they may be. For example, there’s the comfort a busy mom feels in knowing
she can call home between meetings and use her phone to access her oven—ensuring
that dinner is ready exactly when she wants it to be.
And then there’s the peace that vacationing homeowners will feel knowing
that, thanks to new wireless technology, they can monitor and manage almost everything
in their home, including lighting and security systems, from anywhere in the
In catering to the needs of today’s busy homeowners, however, this year’s
NextGen Home is also careful to include technology that takes care of itself,
like an HVAC system that advises homeowners when it’s time for regular
maintenance and filter changes.
Helping make this type of control possible is the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium
of leading independent manufacturers who have agreed to build wireless home control
products based on Zensys’ Z-Wave open standard. Having this standard means
every product that bears the Z-Wave mark will work with all other Z-Wave products,
with no special programming, regardless of who originally manufacturers the item.
As a result, total home control has been made simple, accessible and affordable
to consumers everywhere.
Currently, more than 125 companies are developing products that incorporate Z-Wave
technology into their home control products. These products fall into every conceivable
category from lighting, temperature and entry control to home theaters, appliances,
pool and spa controls and more.
Z-Wave partners participating in the 2006 NextGen home include Techniku; Carrier;
ControlThink; ELK Products, Inc.; Exceptional Innovation; Intermatic; Logitech;
Form, Function, Beauty
Vinylbilt Shutter Systems was selected as the exclusive interior
window coverings sponsor for the 2006 NextGen Home Experience. Form,
function and beauty combine to make Vinylbilt Shutters the all-around
perfect fit for this year’s Peace of Mind Demonstration Home. “This
is a great opportunity to have Vinylbilt Shutters represented in
this wonderful home showcase. The NextGen Home offers peace of mind
as well as fashion and design for today’s lifestyle,” says
Shannon Hodges, Vinylbilt’s business unit manager.
Vinylbilt Shutters are a low maintenance product that is virtually indestructible,
waterproof, washable and fire retardant. Shutters are a great option for a home
because they supply total privacy when it’s desired and a beautiful view
when opened. Inside the NextGen Home, Vinylbilt Shutters will feature its patented
Clearview option, which provides an unobstructed view and a contemporary look.
Vinylbilt Shutters’ function is not limited to providing privacy and security
within a home. One major focus of this year’s NextGen Home is on energy
efficient products, which offer priceless benefits to consumers today. Vinylbilt
Shutters help to reduce heating and air conditioning costs to maintain a comfortable
and energy efficient home environment. These are just a few of the features that
give consumers peace of mind when purchasing these shutters.
While homebuyers want a home that offers peace of mind, they do not want to sacrifice
its beauty in the process. In the NextGen Home, Vinylbilt Shutters will be showing
a wide variety of shutter options that will enhance the beauty of any home décor.
Multiple louver sizes, tilt options, frame styles and panel configurations will
be highlighted throughout the NextGen Home. Vinylbilt Shutters offer better shutters