The New American Remodel: Modern Efficiency with Long-Standing Charm

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An 80-year-old house does not typically conjure up images of energy efficiency and modern design. The New American Remodel™ (TNAR) programme, which takes place each year at the NAHB International Builders’ Show, is designed to demonstrate how even an older home can be transformed into a high-performance home. As part of TNAR, organisers select an existing home for a comprehensive remodel to demonstrate the very latest in building techniques, concepts, materials and designs.

In 2018, the project centred on an Orlando home built in 1937 that, over time, had become inefficient. Orlando-based Farina & Sons, a custom builder and remodeler led by President Victor Farina, headed the project and focused on modernising the home while preserving its 1930s charm.

With a focus on dramatically improving the comfort and energy performance of the home, Farina incorporated a number of components that contributed to a rise in the overall efficiency.

To keep the home dry and well insulated, Farina employed Kingspan Insulation Boards for all exterior walls. The Kingspan Boards prevent condensation due to their thermal properties, moisture resistance and permeability.

Before the remodel, this home had a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index of 125, by the end of the project it boasted a HERS Index of 43, meaning it is dramatically more efficient and is expected to be 57% more efficient than the average new home.

The design is intentionally understated, leveraging materials and textures to give each room a different story and feel. This quintessential American home is now a remodelled haven of efficiency which demonstrates the range of materials available to the modern home-owner.

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