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If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Sound Pretty Smart



Thin is in when it comes to cell phones and laptops (and pizza crust, if you live anywhere except Chicago). But paper-thin walls are certainly not on anyone’s wish list, least of all, prospective buyers of new homes.

Drywall manufacturers know this as well as anyone in the industry. Over the years, they’ve made significant innovations, some of which can be seen in The New American Remodeled Home when it debuts early next month during the 2017 International Builders’ Show.

The project involved gutting a large, yet typical 1980s-style home and transforming it into an award-winning example of the latest in green building.  It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase some high-end drywall, all of which was provided by Certainteed.

Though the home’s drywall might be easily overlooked amidst the many other elements of energy efficiency on display, industry pros who tour the home at IBS will surely recognize the difference.

Some of the drywall products are so new, the build team met with the vendors to be trained prior to installation. The Certainteed product lines that were used include:

  • Habito™ – Having a greater density makes this product highly resistant to damage. It also makes it ideal for hanging art and other decor, as one #10 screw can support up to 30 lbs. without the need for pre-drilling or anchor supports.
  • SilentFX® – A viscoelastic polymer material sandwiched between two layers of drywall results in significant noise reduction. This drywall was used in each of the home’s bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Easi-Lite® – Being less susceptible to sagging—at roughly two-thirds the weight of standard drywall—this product was the ideal choice for the ceilings throughout the home.
  • AirRenew® M2Tech® – Encased in mold-resistent paper, this drywall absorbs formaldehyde out of the air and then traps it by chemically converting it into a safe, inert compound.

All registered attendees of IBS are eligible to tour The New American Remodeled Home, as well as The New American Home. Tickets can be picked up between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Jan. 10-12 at The New American Home booth located in the West Hall (Hall C) of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).

Both homes are located in the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club community, located approximately 25 minutes from the OCCC. Complimentary shuttle services between the convention center and the homes will also available.

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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