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The Products Behind the Finishes in The New American Home 2021

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The New American Home

The Products Behind the Finishes in The New American Home 2021

Insulation, HVAC, surge protection, and more products used in The New American Home 2021

By Michele Lerner January 11, 2021
Exterior of The New American Home 2021 under construction
Concrete masonry units (CMUs) form the shell of The New American Home 2021, a three-story, 5,536-square-foot detached townhouse in Winter Park, Florida. | Photo: courtesy Phil Kean Design Group
This article first appeared in the January 2021 issue of Pro Builder.


See our additional coverage of how we built the New American Home and visit The New American Home 2021 website. The finished home and related products will be featured in the February 2021 and March/April 2021 issues of Pro Builder.

Panasonic energy recovery ventilator

Panasonic’s Intelli-Balance ERV takes indoor air quality to a new level with its occupant-controllable Boost function, which increases airflow on demand when there are larger gatherings in the home that require more ventilation. Homeowners can flip a switch and two motors with SmartFlow technology will start the Boost system to provide healthier indoor air. Gold partner 

The New American Home 2021 uses an IntelliBalance ERV from Panasonic



HVAC ceiling cassettes by Mitsubishi Electric

The highly energy-efficient HVAC system provided by Mitsubishi Electric includes EZ Fit ceiling cassettes, which deliver customized comfort levels in individual rooms and fit between standard 16-inch joists for efficient installation in new construction or retrofits. The cassettes are fully serviceable by removing the face plate. Gold partner 

The New American Home 2021 uses Mitsubishi's EZ Fit ceiling cassettes for HVAC



Surge protection for the home from Eaton

The Complete Home Surge Protection system from Eaton includes the latest technology to keep homes safe and secure with reliable power. The whole-home system keeps valuable electronics and appliances safe from the damaging impact of a power surge without requiring individual surge protectors for each device. Silver partner 

The New American Home 2021 uses surge protection from Eaton



Natural gas piping from Omega Flex

Omega Flex’s CounterStrike CSST flexible pipe product features a proprietary black jacket material that protects the stainless-steel pressure liner and other fuel gas systems with energy-dissipating properties in case the CounterStrike pipe becomes energized due to lightning. The highly flexible CounterStrike product is easier to install than traditional piping, according to the manufacturer, and doesn’t require additional bonding. Silver partner 

The New American Home 2021 uses CounterStrike pipe from Omega Flex



SharkBite PEX plumbing pipe and fittings

SharkBite’s EvoPEX push-to-connect fittings and PEX pipes allow the entire water system to be plumbed without special tools. The EvoPEX system includes valves, supply stops, and other accessories, eliminating the need for soldering, crimping, or glue. The fitting’s green indicator also provides visual confirmation that the connection is secure. Silver partner

The New American Home 2021 uses SharBite EvoPEX push-to-connect fittings



Reflective insulation from Fi-Foil

Fi-Foil’s reflective insulation with M-Shield is ideal for Central Florida’s hot, humid climate (and mixed climates) because of its outer layer of perforated vapor-transmitting material. M-Shield works as an effective radiant insulation solution for mold- and mildew-sensitive projects because it doesn’t contain cellulose, which is a food source for mold. M-Shield is ideal for projects that specify paperless drywall. Bronze partner 

The New American Home 2021 uses FiFoil M-Shield reflective insulation



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