‘The New American Home’ Achieves a 45 HERS Index and LEED Platinum Using AeroBarrier

01.24.18

New product innovation results in record breaking HERS Index for TNAH

Orlando, Florida – For builders aiming to achieve high levels of energy performance, it just got easier, thanks to AeroBarrier. AeroBarrier is affordable, easy to apply, and dramatically improves the sealing of the building envelope compared to traditional construction practice. AeroBarrier technology is especially useful for builders targeting sealing requirements of LEED, Passive House, ZERH, and/or the IECC 2015.

For the first time, The New American Home (TNAH) features this innovative sealing technology, resulting in a HERS Index of 45, LEED Platinum certification, NGBS Emerald Certification, and meeting the requirements for ZERH certification.

Tucker Bernard, Executive Director at the NAHB, has overseen TNAH project for many years and has over forty years of construction experience. Barnard said AeroBarrier shaved 5 points off the HERS Index, from a 50 to 45, he says, “Everyone was blown away by its application and its desiccation; it is a stand alone product.”

The energy rater for TNAH, Drew Smith, from Two Trails, said by using AeroBarrier it cut the Air Changes per Hour (ACH) in half, from 6 to 2.78. Smith said, “Everyone wants to see it installed on the 2019 TNAH. Products like AeroBarrier are making it possible to accomplish superior energy efficiency with little or no additional cost, as long as there is good pre planning.”

Along with his position at Two Trails, Smith is also Florida Building Commissioner – Green Building.

Mandalay Homes, 8-time recipient of the DOE Innovation Award, and owner of the most ZERH single-family homes in the United States, is an early adopter of AeroBarrier. Mandalay’s Founder, Dave Everson states, “AeroBarrier has been instrumental to our energy efficiency success and meeting our very high performance standards.”

Key points about AeroBarrier include:

  • •Building science professionals are embracing AeroBarrier as the most significant envelope-sealing breakthrough in recent years.
  • •AeroBarrier improves air quality and the health of the building area, by making it easier to control particulates.
  • •AeroBarrier improves acoustics of a building area, by reducing outside noise and sealing holes as small as a hair follicle.
  • •AeroBarrier is GREENGUARD Gold certified.
  • •AeroBarrier makes it easier to meet the stringent leakage requirements of ratings, standards, and codes such as LEED, Passive House, ZERH, and the 2015 IECC.
  • •AeroBarrier is available in all U.S. markets.

About AeroBarrier

AeroBarrier was developed at University of California, Davis, where it received four years of research and development. In 2017, AeroBarrier launched in beta, with its first use on projects that qualify for the DOE’s ZERH program. AeroBarrier is instrumental for single and multi-family projects targeting the performance requirements of LEED, ZERH, Passive House, and the 2012 IECC or better.

About TNAM

TNAH is the official show home of the annual International Builders’ Show®. It showcases industry best practices, innovative design concepts, state-of-the-art products and the latest construction techniques. Each year, a new home is unveiled to demonstrate the most noteworthy advancements in home building, allowing industry professionals to glean new ideas that they can replicate within other housing projects.

About the HERS Index

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.


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