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2009 show home promotes sustainable design and building at every price point

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The industry has matured to the point where proven environmental benefits and performance are available in mainstream products

BUILDER LivingHome, the 11th in a series of innovative and timely idea homes produced by BUILDER magazine on the trade show floor of the annual International Builders' Show (IBS), makes a compelling case that every new home can and should achieve a high level of environmental benefits.

From its open, modern design and efficient floor plan to its factory-built structural components and green-minded specifications, BUILDER LivingHome makes a comprehensive commitment to a built environment with a smaller and lighter environmental footprint. "More so than any other show home we've ever produced, this one showcases all facets of environmental stewardship," says Boyce Thompson, editorial director of BUILDER magazine.

In partnership with LivingHomes, a premier developer of modern, prefab homes based in Santa Monica, Calif., and the developer of the nation's first LEED Platinum home, the magazine staff worked to investigate and verify the environmental claims, including embodied energy and lifecycle cost, of every sponsored and donated product used in the construction of the 2009 show home.

This intensive process not only removed any doubts about the sincerity of the environmental commitment of the project team, but also revealed that green building products are increasingly abundant, available, and affordable to the housing industry. "The industry has matured to the point where proven environmental benefits and performance are available in mainstream products," says Steve Glenn, founder and CEO of LivingHomes. "The housing industry has no excuse not to build sustainable homes."

In addition, all of the manufacturers sponsoring BUILDER LivingHome are also exhibitors at IBS 2009 (, enabling the estimated 80,000 housing industry professionals attending the annual convention to investigate sponsored products up close and in one convenient location.

Several products and systems exemplify the commitment to green building by the 2009 show home team. In addition to employing recycled steel and timber-efficient engineered lumber from iLevel, the home features an automatic ventilation system from Broan-NuTone that operates according to the moisture level in the bathroom to save energy but also mitigate mold growth.

A central vacuum system from Beam, meanwhile, keeps airborne dust to a minimum to improve indoor air quality, and innovative mini-duct air distribution and ventilation systems from Goodman and Hi-Velocity Systems also improve the air quality and comfort of the indoor environment.

In addition, water-saving products from Kohler, Whirlpool, Uponor, and Rinnai, high-performance windows with recycled-content frames from Andersen, blown-in insulation from Owens Corning, and biocomposite wood siding from Klip Biotechnologies--all currently available to builders through conventional distribution channels--combine to help reduce the show home's environmental footprint.

Even the finishes are green, including recycled-glass tiles from Crossville, a fiberglass entry door from Therma-Tru, no-VOC-emitting coatings from The Sherwin-Williams Company, Lyptus wood flooring from Weyerhaeuser, Kraftmaid cabinets, and Zodiaq solid surfacing material by DuPont.

The wiring scheme from Eaton, meanwhile, serves as the guts of a convenient and energy-saving control system, and many of the appliances and mechanical equipment use efficient propane as their energy source. Finally, the house is protected by a home sprinkler system by Tyco Fire & Building Materials, an essential feature to achieve long-term sustainability and natural resource efficiency.

Though designed and built to both the NAHB Model Green Building Guidelines and the USGBC's LEED for Homes rating system, BUILDER LivingHome will not be eligible for green-built certification from any program until it is placed on a permanent lot.

Until then, housing industry professionals attending the 2009 IBS can tour the show home during the exhibit hours of the convention. BUILDER LivingHome will debut at booth #C5288 at the Builders' Show on Tues., January 20.

For more information, including profiles of the project team and sponsors and a virtual tour of the house, go to or Don't miss the press conference on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 8:00am in booth C5288. To RSVP for press conference, please call 202.380.3860.

2009 BUILDER LivingHome sponsors include:
Andersen Windows & Doors
Whirlpool Corporation

Kohler Company

Klip BioTechnologies
Propane Education & Research Council
Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products

Beam Central Vacuums by Electrolux
Crossville, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
Energy Saving Products, Ltd.
Ford Motor Company
Generac Power Systems
Goodman Manufacturing Company
iLevel by Weyerhaeuser
Lyptus by Weyerhaeuser
Owens Corning
Rinnai Corporation
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Therma-Tru Doors
Typar Weather Protection System
Uponor, Inc.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source. Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.

About LivingHomes®
Founded by CEO Steve Glenn, LivingHomes ( is a premier developer of modern, prefab homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. LivingHomes are made in specially equipped factories that ensure unsurpassed quality, lower construction costs and waste and a shorter construction schedule. LivingHomes offers two lines of single and multi-family designs, one created by Ray Kappe, FAIA, the founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the other by KieranTimberlake (see below). The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, was the first in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum and was the only home to win the AIA's top sustainability award in 2007. LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals who want a more cost- and time-effective way to integrate homes that feature high design and low environmental impact into their projects.

About Profile Structures, Inc.
Since January, 1965, Feser Construction Co., and subsequently Profile Structures, Inc, has become one of the leading manufacturers of modular, light commercial buildings. Located in Santa Fe Springs, California, this company has applied assembly line production techniques to the manufacture of permanent, fully equipped, code-approved structures for varied commercial use. Utilizing pre-engineered components, custom buildings are produced in a matter of weeks from the approval of plans to occupancy. By virtue of their modular construction, the buildings can be inexpensively relocated at a future date if needed.

About KieranTimberlake
KieranTimberlake is an award-winning and internationally published architecture firm noted for its research, and innovative design and planning services. Founded in 1984 in Philadelphia by Stephen Kieran, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA, the firm is comprised of fifty four professionals, who reflect the firm's commitment to the highest quality in design and client service. Educated at the nation's finest universities, each of these professionals contributes a vital knowledge of architecture, construction and a conscientious execution and delivery of products. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors recently awarded KieranTimberlake with the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award based on its proven consistent ability to accept complex challenges and envision design of elegant distinction.

About Color Design Art
Founded in 1970, Color Design Art ( is one of the country's premier merchandising firms for the builder/developer community, having introduced the builder/designer team concept to the industry and completed nearly 4000 projects nationwide. Under the leadership of president Don Anderson, the company enjoys the reputation of being a leader in both lifestyle design and in-depth consumer research. A recipient of over 350 industry awards, Color Design Art remains committed to staying in touch with the latest consumer, marketing and design trends, and to translating those trends into the highest level of quality and efficiency in both product and service.


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