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80-YEAR-OLD HOME TRANSFORMING INTO IMPRESSIVE IBS EXHIBIT

Set to debut this coming January during the NAHB International Builders’ Show, The New American Remodel 2018 is undergoing a comprehensive remodel that includes two brick products manufactured by MeridianTM Brick.

The home was built in 1937 with a simple floorplan and Italian-luminesce design. Over the years, several additions were made, but those portions of the property were among the first things to go during the renovation. The exterior of The New American Remodel 2018 will feature MeridianTM Brick’s Old Guignard brick (Bessemer Collection) and accented with Sandy Creek brick (Augusta Collection.)

Their goal of the renovation is to create a home for a “real-life family,” as well as provide other remodelers and builders with ideas to incorporate into their own projects. It will also illustrate just how much more efficient a home can be by using today’s building products and techniques.

Drew Smith of Two Trails Inc., the project’s green building consultant, said the original home scored a whopping 125 on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. “It was one of the least efficient homes we’ve ever measured,” Smith said. That will certainly change when the project wraps up and MeridianTM Brick will help with that score. The brick’s passive solar qualities and thermal mass properties take advantage of the sun’s energy for heating and cooling. In its end use, brick’s inherent strength and fire resistance means it often remains standing even under the harshest conditions. Smith estimates the final HERS Index score of the home will be well under 60 — meaning it will be more energy efficient than roughly half of all standard new homes.

All registered attendees of IBS 2018 will be eligible to tour both The New American Remodel and The New American Home during the Show dates, January 9th-11th. Registration opens August 1st.