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Explore the Products Used to Create the Desert Comfort Idea Home

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Explore the Products Used to Create the Desert Comfort Idea Home

The custom home in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert set some ambitious net zero home-performance goals. These building products help to meet them

By Pro Builder Staff May 16, 2023
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Scroll down to read about LP WeatherLogic Structural I Rated Sheathing and some of other products used to maximize the Desert Comfort Idea Home's energy efficiency. | Image: LP Structural Solutions

Designed specifically for Arizona’s Sonoran Desert environment, the Desert Comfort Idea Home is a high-performance, architecturally stunning custom home created to deliver the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and a net-zero energy balance for its occupants. The products featured here help to make those lofty home-performance goals a reality.

Custom aluminum doors by Bonelli

Bonelli’s thermally broken aluminum doors deliver narrow profiling and modern design with clean lines, narrow sight lines, anodized hardware finishes, and a vast array of glass options from which to choose. The manufacturer builds custom aluminum doors to exact project specifications to help homeowners achieve their unique vision for any project's interior or exterior.

Bonelli custom aluminum doors

Fresh air system from Broan-NuTone

Broan-NuTone's AI series is the company’s most advanced residential fresh air system specifically designed to provide fresh air in any season and installation situation. The AI series is designed to be easy to install and features the company’s Virtuo Air Technology, an auto-balancing capability that eliminates the need for specialized measurement tools or added installation time.

Broan ERV


Gasket air sealing from DuPont

The Great Stuff Pro Gasket from DuPont Building Envelope Solutions is a single-component, water-based foam applied to the top plate, bottom plate, and around the perimeter of all rough openings in the Desert Comfort Idea Home. It’s specially designed to create a flexible, compressible, air seal and offers easy water cleanup and will stay in place when drywall is installed.

Dupont gasket foam

Gas fireplace by Hearth & Home Technologies

The Foundation Single-Sided gas fireplace from Hearth & Home Technologies offers the company’s biggest, boldest flame and the mildest heat for year-round enjoyment, the company says. Custom installations are also available online at stellarhearth.com.

Hearth and home gas fireplace

Sheathing and subflooring from LP

LP Structural Solutions provides a portfolio of high-performance products that work together to create a durable, energy-efficient home. LP WeatherLogic Structural I Rated Sheathing, LP Legacy Premium Sub-Flooring, LP Legacy Premium Sub-Floor Adhesive, and LP TechShield Radiant Barrier join forces to seal out moisture and air and drive energy efficiency in the Desert Comfort Idea Home. 

LP WeatherLogic

Air handler by Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi’s PVA Multi-position Air Handler is an ultraquiet, whole-home heating and air-conditioning solution. The unit features solid-state cabinet construction, R4.2-rated insulation, and an efficient electronically commutated motor (ECM). Coupled with a PUZ Outdoor Unit equipped with Hyper-Heating Inverter (H2i) technology, the system is fit for any climate, with performance down to -13°F, the company says.

Mitsubishi air handler

Hybrid inverter from Sol-Ark

The 15K is Sol-Ark's newest hybrid inverter. An upgrade from the company’s 12K model, the 15K unit offers increased output and capability, enabling true whole-home backup to power a residential or small commercial facility.

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