This month, tens of thousands of homeowners will experience the near future through a major demonstration and showcase home, the First to the Future home—the newest NextGen Home Experience® debuting in Las Vegas, NV.
Produced by iShow, with major support from Hunter Douglas, Inc., the First to the Future home, will be located a short distance from the Las Vegas and Sands Convention Centers and is expected to be the most unique home to date. Imagine one home that will feature both green and sustainable building products; require almost zero energy to run; feature disaster resistant construction to withstand earthquakes, storms, fire and other events; and comes complete with a full array of the latest in digital lifestyle products from light control at the windows to whole house audio and video distribution and much more. This home has it.
Built on the theme of Strong, Green, Efficient and Digital, the home will be open for some of the country’s largest trade shows including the International Builders Show.
THE POWER OF TOUCH
Not just a digital home, but what digital delivers: an impact on today’s lifestyle. The brain of this home is an award-winning Total Home Technology system.
Operating much like an iPhone, touch panels around the home allow the homeowner to access virtually every element of the home—from climate, to lighting, to security—all with just a touch.
It doesn’t stop there. Imagine lighting automatically adjusted to account for the level of sunlight coming in the windows, or controlling the light at the windows with beautiful, energy efficient motorized treatments (see sidebar). This is what digital living is all about: your life, just a little bit easier.
BUILT HARD, REST EASY
Disaster-resistant construction will result in safer homes. It’s hard to get much stronger than steel reinforced concrete, which is what serves as the bones of the NextGen demonstration home. Interior gaps traditionally found in walls are eliminated, and along with it the threat of mold. The result, a home that is not only stronger, but also filled with healthier air.
The home also will conform to the standards of the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Fortified . . . for safer living® program, a program dedicated to helping builders create homes that can stand strong in the face of a wide range of natural disasters.
State-of-the-art design and construction creates a truly eco-friendly yet practical home. The NextGen home is all about transformations. On the green side, this focus is on giving common materials a second life, including:
• Engineered hardwood flooring that uses a combination of wood, wood composites and wood veneers.
• Roofing made from upwards of 25 percent post-consumer steel.
• Composite garage doors made from 100 percent recycled wood that will not split, rust or rot.
• Kitchen countertops made from 550 pounds of 100 percent recycled glass.
ALL SPACE, NO WASTE
The latest in energy efficient design and built for reducing energy costs. Spanning 5,200 square feet, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a powder room, and a three-car garage, there’s nothing skimpy about the home, except its energy bills.
Built in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, this home reaches all new levels of performance, boasting efficiency levels that are 95 percent greater than today’s standard home. In this home, every feature from the building envelope on in works toward an almost zero-energy goal.