Visitors to the International Builders’ Show can find Andersen windows in a featured off-site show home located minutes from the convention center. Green Builder Media’s VISION House presents realistic housing options for American families and is open for tours throughout the show.
The VISION House incorporates the basic tenets of sustainable design and construction, including a strong focus on energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, efficient HVAC systems, sustainable materials and disaster resistance.
This new home embraces traditional, central-Florida architecture and reflects the character of its neighborhood. The 2,400 square-foot home sits on a 50’ x 165’ urban fringe infill lot in the historic College Park neighborhood of Orlando, just 20 minutes from the convention center. This neighborhood is full of bungalows and “cracker-style” homes that are synonymous with Southern architecture dating back to the 1920s.
Jon Pleveich and Kim Foy, owners of Southern Traditions Development, are leading this project, along with architect Ed Binkley. This is just the latest project in College Park for the team, and they have managed to maintain the quaint feel of the neighborhood while building and remodeling homes that are not only attractive and sustainable, but also affordable.
From the street this “urban farmhouse” style home looks like many of the homes in the neighborhood; a narrow house with rear detached garage, double front porch and a center entry door. The interior, however, offers an open plan that stretches the entire length of the home. Upstairs are three bedrooms, each with Andersen 400 Series patio doors offering direct access to the front or rear balcony, and providing abundant natural day lighting throughout.
The loft-like character uses interior windows to borrow daylight on both the first and second floors of the home. The architect chose Andersen 100 Series windows for use throughout the home, in single hung and two-panel gliding windows. There’s also a three-unit interior window in the hobby room for maximum light. These 100 Series windows meet the home’s energy efficiency goals using SmartSun™ Low-E glass, which blocks unwanted solar heat while allowing light to stream through.
Recycled content is an important component in the construction of 100 Series products, making it a natural choice for the environmentally conscious design of this home. Andersen achieves this, in part, by manufacturing the 100 Series from the company’s Fibrex® material. Fibrex material is made of 40 percent reclaimed wood fiber and combines the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl. Independent testing has found that Fibrex material has a low thermal expansion and contraction rate, is resistant to rotting and termites, and retains its rigidity and stability in high temperatures.*
Andersen 100 Series products also have received SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for indoor air quality. This level of certification meets North America’s strictest indoor air emission criteria, namely the California Section 01350 Specification.
And, 100 Series windows look great too, complementing the home’s design with a clean, contemporary look. The Finelight™grilles-between-the-glass make the windows both beautiful and easy to clean. The project is open to show attendees during IBS and offers education and training for building professionals and consumers about green building products and techniques, as well as broader aspects of sustainable living.
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