This year's New American Home joins its predecessors in taking energy efficiency to the max from a desert pad in Henderson, Nev., with views of red rock canyons and the Las Vegas strip.
The 2023 showcase of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is enveloped with building products boosting thermal performance with foam, multi-layered insulation, polyethylene-coated paper and fiberglass.
"This house will be one of the most energy efficient houses in Nevada and probably the entire country," Travis Holden, Luxus Design Build project manager, said in an NAHB video about construction of the two-story, 7,575-square-foot dwelling.
This is the 40th home built by the Washington-based trade group to demonstrate the latest best practices and products for residential construction. Public tours coincide with the NAHB's major event, the International Builders' Show (IBS) held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.
Situated in the Ascaya subdivision, where rock star Gene Simmons of Kiss and Raiders owner Mark Davis bought property, this year's showcase home features a 45-foot span of Awake brand windows with thin aluminum profiles to widen the view of the back yard, which overlooks natural and urban settings.
"As soon as you open that front door there's transparency ... over an infinity edge pool," Michael Gardner, Luxus design principal, says in the video about the home's construction challenges and achievements.
Supply and labor shortages were constant struggles and the builders raced to finish the house with four bedrooms, six bathrooms, one half bath, a two-and-a-half-car garage, flex/exercise area, a gas fireplace and roof terrace with amazing views.
Out of sight, however, are some of new products that will make the desert dwelling comfortable beyond the large overhangs and lightly colored exterior to protect it from the harsh Nevada sun.