ScenaVR unveils The New American Home™ 2016 Matterport Model – Las Vegas


The New American Home™ 2016 Matterport Virtual Tour

NAHB Matterport, TNAH 2016


Bedrooms: 5 | Baths: 4 +2 | SqFt: 6,185 - Henderson, NV 89012

Located in the foothills of Henderson, Nev., The New American Home (TNAH) 2016 boasts 6,185 square feet of contemporary, well-appointed entertaining and living space. The home was designed and built by Element Design Build of Las Vegas, with the help of an experienced team that included landscape architect Sage Design Studios Inc. of Las Vegas, housing technology by Home Innovation Research Labs of Upper Marlboro, Md., and green build consultant Two Trails Inc. of Sarasota, Florida.


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Energy Certifications

The New American Home 2016 has achieved Emerald status - the highest of the four levels of green building achievement recognized by the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The home features photovoltaic (solar) panels, tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces, sustainable building materials and a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage according to the immediate climate.

Key Energy Features

TNAH demonstrates how systems engineering can make energy efficiency and innovation available at all price points. In designing the home, Element Design Build worked with industry partners to select cost effective strategies for improving home performance and reduce the amount of material used. The home achieved remarkable air tightness (2.69 air changes per hour) without the use of spray foam insulation, which can be more expensive than other insulation options. Rigid exterior wall insulation was combined with blown in fiberglass wall and roof system insulation to achieve optimal thermal performance.

Due to the conscientious design and construction planning, TNAH 2016 achieved net-zero energy, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site. In fact, while a typical code-built new home would garner a rating between 50 and 100 on the RESNET HERS Index, TNAH 2016 boasts a (to be confirmed) HERS Index of better than net zero at -17! A 19.215KW Photovoltaic (PV) system will power a portion of the home’s electrical systems, space conditioning, and hot water systems. Taking advantage of solar energy should result in approximately $5,100 in annual energy savings compared to a typical home. TNAH 2016 also features both natural gas and electric car charging stations in the garage.



1Lot Design
  • Driveways and parking aligned with natural topography
  • Natural drainage features preserved & vegetative swales constructed to increase groundwater infiltration
  • Integrated pest management plant to minimize chemical use in pesticides and fertilizers
2Resource Efficiency
  • Additional green practices to account for large home
  • Advanced framing, windows, and flooring not requiring site-applied finishings; rainscreen wall design on exterior wall assemblies; recycled-content materials; construction waste recycled; certified wood; engineered wood products; preassembled roof and floor trusses; indigenous materials; ISO
3Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Exterior walls insulated with rigid foam insulation
  • Fully air-sealed and insulated attic
  • Windows and patio doors with low-e coatings and argon gas fill
  • Air tightness 2.69 air changes per hour @ 50 Pa
  • Variable speed compressors in outdoor heat pump units
  • All ductwork sealed for air tightness
  • 100% of all interior and exterior lamps are energy-efficient LED lighting
  • ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances, including dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, and clothes washer
  • Extended roof overhangs to aid in shading the home from the harsh Nevada sun
  • ENERGY STAR-rated roof to limit solar gains
  • Light colored exterior finish for solar reflectance
  • 19.215KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system
  • Natural gas and electric car charging stations
4Water Efficiency
  • Exterior walls insulated with rigid foam insulation
  • Natural gas-fueled tankless water heater
  • Water-efficient fixtures
  • ENERGY STAR water-conserving appliances
  • Drip irrigation controls regulated by plant type and water needs
5Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Energy-recovery ventilator (ERV)
  • Ultra-violet light air treatment system
  • MERV filters on central air system
  • HVAC system with humidity controls
  • Central vacuum system
  • Power-vented furnace and water heater
  • Low- and non-emitting products
  • CO alarm monitor
  • Automatic timer/humidistat devices in bathrooms
  • Low Sone ENERGY STAR exhaust fans
Homeowners’ manual – including maintenance, equipment manuals, renewable energy options from utility, native landscaping and organic pest control options, termite inspection checklist.