April 24, 2018


by Lexi Edwards

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) came to MBCI to assist in the construction of The New American Home®, a concept series built to demonstrate innovation and best practices in energy efficiency and green building construction techniques. This year, The New American Home® was built at the foot of Nevada’s Sloan Canyon where it faced harsh desert conditions.

The Problem: High Temperatures & UV Rays

There are many design and performance concerns when selecting a roofing product, particularly in areas exposed to high temperatures and prolonged exposure to sun and ultraviolet (UV) rays. One of the biggest challenges in this project was ensuring that the roof would be protected from the harmful effects of corrosion, temperature, and color fading. The building components chosen had to stand up to these conditions and maintain their appearance for years to come.

MBCI’s Metal Panel Solution

MBCI’s Craftsman™ Series High Batten and Artisan® Series L10 metal panels were selected for use as the roof solution, while Artisan® Series panels are used for the soffit and interior liners. These metal panels are finished in a Signature® 300 Midnight Bronze which complemented the beautiful scenery of Henderson, Nevada, while also providing a 40-year paint warranty to protect panels from the damage of the sun and harsh heat.

The New American Home® was built to inspire architects, home builders and others in the building industry.

The Result: Highest Level of Green Building Achievement

Using MBCI’s metal panels, The New American Home® achieved Emerald status – which is the highest levels of green building achievement recognized by the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Many other features made this achievement possible; solar panels, tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces, sustainable buildings materials and a weather-sensitive irrigation system also added to the sustainability of the home.

To learn more about MBCI’s involvement in The New American Home®, download or view the full case study.

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