SOURCE: Hanley Wood

November 01, 2007 15:00 ET

Tradewinds Show Home Unveils New Products and Sustainable Design to Home Builders

Folding Window Walls, the Latest Air-Quality System, Day Lighting, and Passive Heating and Cooling Are Among the Highlights of the Annual Show Home Debut at the International Builders' Show

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - November 1, 2007) - Tradewinds show home, the latest in a series of forward-thinking show homes produced by Builder magazine in conjunction with the annual International Builders' Show, is nearing completion on a waterfront lot in Orlando's Baldwin Park, a new urban redevelopment community built on the site of a former U.S. Navy Training Center. The 2008 show home provides home builders, design professionals, and consumers with a wealth of sustainable design ideas for housing's present and future.

To meet the increasing demands to reduce environmental footprint, Tradewinds show home incorporates a variety of sustainable design features with the latest high-performance products and interactive control systems. For instance, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, complete with the latest air-quality system, serve a network of sealed, insulated ducts in semi-conditioned space to reduce thermal transfer. Managed by touch-screen electronic controls, the system makes the most efficient use of energy resources while creating a comfortable and healthy indoor environment.

Other sustainable design products in the show home include Energy Star-qualified appliances and windows, engineered wood flooring, a trio of sealed combustion direct-vent fireplaces, a central vacuum system that removes more than 99 percent of allergens, motorized window shading, on-demand tankless water heaters, low-VOC-content cabinets, flooring and coatings, and an extensive use of day lighting and passive heating and cooling that offset mechanical systems. "This is a comprehensive approach to housing performance that sets a pretty high bar for the industry," says Tradewinds show home builder Charlie Clayton, president of Charles Clayton Construction, one of Orlando's premier custom builders. "The buyers of this house may not care so much about saving money on their energy bill, but they value comfort, healthy indoor air, and consistent performance."

To fully enable that capability -- now and in the future -- Tradewinds show home features an extensive, state-of-the-art structured wiring system feeding a multitude of consumer electronics, controls, and management systems to create a truly customized living environment that can easily adjust to lifestyle changes over time.

While the show home is a showcase for the latest building product applications and sustainable design ideas, Tradewinds show home also takes a bold step in exemplifying transitional design and floor planning. "This house exemplifies that concept and gives builders and design professionals a template for their own projects," says show home architect Geoffrey Mouen.

Combining familiar forms and proven materials, such as timber columns for the lake view porch, metal roofing, and stucco siding, Mouen fashioned classic design elements into the contemporary, 7,316-square foot show home. The split-level floor plan design is easy to navigate, provides long and interesting sightlines, and affords a wealth of modern lifestyle needs including multiple (and enviable) entertainment, work-at-home, and relaxation spaces.

Tradewinds show home will debut at the 2008 International Builders' Show and will be open for free guided tour beginning February 13 for IBS attendees and media, with free, round-trip shuttle service from the convention center. For more information, including construction progress photos, product sponsor, project team bios, and a virtual reality tour of the house, visit www.twshowhome.com.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 36 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through eplans.com and Dream Home Source. Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.

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