At International Builders' Show, a smarter show home

An artist's rendering of the 2012 show home.

Now under construction near Orlando, Fla., the New American Home 2012 is a re-interpretation of the Classic White Box of the 1960s and ’70s made popular by leading architects such as Le Corbusier and Richard Meier, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The home in Winter Park measures less than 4,200 sq. ft. -- the smallest TNAH in years, according to the NAHB. The designers strived to take maximum advantage of Florida’s friendly climate. Walls of movable glass panels and motorized screens provide a seamless flow from the indoor to the outdoor spaces.

The house will be displayed as a two-bedroom floor plan that will appeal to empty nesters, and will have four additional rooms that could be converted to bedrooms if needed.

Phil Kean of Winter Park, Fla., the architect and builder of the 2012 home, seeks to honor the architecture of the past while taking advantage of current technologies and design trends. Kean is focusing on functional and transitional spaces and attention to detail instead of square footage, and the design uses space efficiently to create a calm and serene living environment.

The latest green building products and methods are factored heavily into the home’s design. Kean hopes the home will achieve "emerald" status under the green building certification process administered by the NAHB Research Center and based on principles set forth in the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard certified by ANSI. "Emerald" is the highest of the four levels of achievement a home can attain.

Now in its 29th year, TNAH is constructed annually in conjunction with the NAHB International Builders’ Show to showcase innovative construction technologies and the latest building products. NAHB will hold the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8 to 11, 2012.

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