NAHB 2017 – The New American Home


Each year, in conjunction with the International Builders Show (IBS) the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) constructs a full scale concept home “The New American Home”

The New American Home - 2017, close to the Orlando Convention Center, features new technology in sustainable construction. TERM® sustainable insect barriers are incorporated into this concept home.

NAHB provides free bus transportation and guided tours of the homes.

For the 2017 IBS, the NAHB has also constructed The New American Remodeled Home. This home is several blocks from the New home.

2017 The New American Home & 2017 The New American Remodeled Home

The New American Home 2017

The New American Home 2017

If TERM® Barrier Systems are incorporated in the design stage, and built into the structure, it is possible to incorporate non-chemical pest barriers almost fully around the building envelope.

Insects cannot be 100% excluded, but with a full TERM Barrier envelope, properly designed and constructed, full pest exclusion can be approached.

The New American Remodeled Home 2017

The New American Remodeled Home

Designing the TERM® Barrier System into a remodeling project does limit how much of the building envelope can be protected against pests, but a lot of the envelope surface can often be upgraded to incorporate insect exclusion. In this major remodel we were able to protect over 90% of the horizontal ground level surface, plus protect plumbing penetrations, and bath traps. On the exterior, cold joints and exposed exterior concrete were protected.

Some areas of The New American Homes which have been protected with TERM® Barriers

TERM™ Penetration Sealant Barrier Installation

Plumbing Penetrations

Plumbing penetrations through the slab are a major entry point for subterranean termites. Even though it appears that concrete has been poured tightly against the pipe penetration, the termite, which can get through a 0.018” opening, frequently enters here.

TERM Sealant Barrier, applied to clean, dry, and primed concrete around the base of the pipe penetration, will block termite entry.

TERM™ Bath Trap Screen Barrier

Bath Traps

Bath traps, sometimes called blockouts, are intentional openings built into concrete slabs during slab construction.

Bath traps, from the point of view of subterranean termites, fire ants, rodents, and other pests, are like an open gate with a “welcome to the party” sign.

The photo here shows a TERM Full Bath Trap Barrier being installed in The New American Home.

TNAH TERM™ Isolation Joint Barrier

Isolation Joints

Isolation joints, or cold joints, are areas where exterior concrete, such as driveways, sidewalks, and patios, have been poured against the slab of the structure. Cold joints are considered by entomologists as major entry points for subterranean termites.

TERM Isolation Joint Barrier creates a termite sealant barrier between the two adjacent bodies of concrete.

TNAH TERM™ Tile Underlayment Barrier

TERM Anti-Fracture Membrane

100% coverage of the ground level slab with TERM® Barrier is needed to block insects entering from underground

Concrete floors have joints, and insects enter through them.  More importantly, concrete almost always cracks which creats new entry points for subterranean termites and other pests.

It can’t be predicted where cracks will appear in a concrete slab, so TERM Barrier must cover 100% of the horizontal surface.  TERM Sill Plate Barrier is applied underneath the sill plate of the framing.  Then, TERM flooring underlayment barrier is applied underneath the flooring throughout the structure, and tied into the Sill Plate Barrier.

In The New American Homes, TERM Tile Underlayment Barrier was applied.  TERM Tile Underlayment Barrier is an “anti-fracture membrane” which protects the tile from breaking when the concrete cracks.  It also provides sound deadening properties.

Polyguard has manufactured anti-fracture membranes to the Florida market for over 15 years.  TERM Tile Underlayment Barrier is an anti-fracture membrane which incorporates TERM Sealant, which has been proven to block subterranean termites.


TERM Particle Barrier 4" wide trench

Enlarged area shows the 4" wide trench with TERM Particle Barrier around the exposed concrete perimeter.

Particle Barrier at Exposed Concrete Perimeter

In 1956, Dr. Walter Eberling of the University of California at Berkeley discovered that subterranean termites could not get through a bed of exactly sized hard mineral particles. The particles had to be 8, 10, and 12 sieve sizes.

In the decades since then particle barriers have come into wide usage throughout the Pacific Rim, particularly in Hawaii and Australia, which have severe subterranean termite problems.

Polyguard’s TERM Particle Barrier is the first mainland source of this sustainable physical barrier. Particle barriers can be used at several subterranean termite entry points.

TERM Particle Barrier was installed around The New American Homes after completion of landscaping.