The Home of the Future Is Here

February 20th, 2013 | Posted in General

Members of the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA) recently experienced firsthand the latest products, advanced construction technologies and future design trends in the building industry. OHBA members toured the “The New American Home” at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. According to Al Scott, President of OHBA, “Homeowners across the country are increasingly demanding more for Energy and Resource Efficiency and today’s cutting edge technology was on display at the IBS Show. In a very real sense for our industry, the future has arrived.”

The New American Home achieved “Emerald” Status under the National Green Building Standard. Products such as Solar Hot Water, Photovoltaic roof panels, closed spray foam insulation, water sensitive irrigation, tankless hot water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces, sustainable building materials, energy star appliances, and low E energy efficient windows were utilized in the design.

George Davis, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland said “It was like being in a Home Laboratory for New Construction.” Building homes has become a science today and seeing some of the cutting edge technology such as Whole House Automation Systems, Electronic flush Water Closets, Low Flow Shower heads, and Formaldehyde free wood cabinetry, paneling and sheathing was amazing. “Today’s homeowner can monitor, manage and control security systems, climate, TV’s, music, lighting, shades, and much more from their smart phones, tablets and laptops,” added Davis.

The 6700 square foot home was designed with well defined spaces, multi-directional views, and seamless transitions to bring the 17,000 square feet of outdoor living indoors including several water features and lounging areas that created a “Resort-type living” experience. New home construction can provide homeowners with all the comforts of indoor living with outdoor kitchens, patio TV’s, and entertainment areas.

OHBA President Al Scott encourages consumers planning to build or remodel today, to work with a member of their local Home Builders Association because they are professionals who are knowledgeable in the latest building technologies, building codes and housing trends.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement and professionalism of the Building, Remodeling and Associated Industries. The Association is a 300+ member organization that represents all aspects of housing and serves as the voice of housing in northeast Ohio while protecting the Foundation of the American Dream of owning a home.