This year marks the 36th edition of The New American Home (TNAH). Sponsored by the Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), every TNAH showcases the best in residential design and construction practices, while promoting the latest technological advances and efficiencies the housing industry has to offer.
This year, the 8,226-square-foot project is located in Henderson, Nevada’s Ascaya development, a 313-lot neighborhood with panoramic views of the desert landscape that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. From the start, design-builder, Sun West Custom Homes (Sun West), aimed to maximize both energy efficiency and style.
Sun West’s HVAC selection of choice for this stylish and high-efficiency home: Mitsubishi Electric Zoned Comfort Solutions®. With a vision that blurred the lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces, a tight thermal envelope and specialized mechanical systems were required.
“Mitsubishi Electric systems are a big benefit, especially for this design,” said Dan Coletti, owner and president, Sun West. “We didn’t have the attic spaces you might generally have in a normal home. It gave us a lot of flexibility.” Sun West and its subcontractors identified 12 cooling and heating zones and ultimately installed M-Series systems with 3 MVZ Multi-position Ducted Air Handlers, 3 SEZ Horizontal-Ducted Indoor Units, 4 PEAD Horizontal-Ducted Indoor Units and one ductless, MSY Wall-Mounted Indoor Unit for the home’s audio-visual room.
“I’m a big fan of Mitsubishi Electric, especially the ducted mini-split units,” said Drew Smith, president and COO, Two Trails Inc. “The ducted units sit up in between the trusses with a little access panel in the closet. So very non-obtrusive. You’re basically putting the air conditioning right where it’s needed. This allows you to properly zone a home and minimizes the length of your duct runs, preventing air leakage.” The ducts are 63% tighter than code baseline, further upping the efficiency and overall comfort of the entire home.
As the house debuted at the 2019 International Builders’ Show (IBS), the HVAC system has been put to the test, welcoming thousands of builders and homeowners through its doors. “Truly, this system can handle many different heating and cooling loads,” explained Chad Gillespie, senior manager of performance construction, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US. “The system adjusts as you need it to, saving you money and energy.” With a confirmed HERS score of 45 and a multitude of green building certifications including ENERGY STAR® and the National Green Building Standard’s™ Emerald status, the home made quite the impression on both show attendees and building professionals.
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