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NowHouse Demo Home Showcases Latest Advancements in Today’s Environmentally Friendly Homebuilding


SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 26, 2004 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The Affordable Green Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting positive efficient home building knowledge and resources in the community, today announced its presentation of the NowHouse by Clever Homes, featuring CNET Digital Living ( The NowHouse, a fully functional demonstration home currently being erected in the parking lot of SBC Park, represents one of the most environmentally friendly and technically advanced homes ever made and available for anyone to purchase. The home, which kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 29, 2004 at 11 a.m., will be open to the public through December 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, other times by appointment.

The NowHouse presents a unique opportunity to educate the general public, as well as builders, about the environmental benefits and advantages of building homes made from safe advanced green and sustainable materials. The stylish modern, high-tech home features an intelligent digital network, extensive security monitoring, as well as parts, appliances, and accessories that are available today for anyone with a digital lifestyle who is interested in constructing their own environmentally friendly home.

In order to further showcase the NowHouse as a truly modern, green, and digitally integrated home, Clever Homes called upon CNET and its expert editors to help create the ultimate digital home set up. CNET, the trusted source for unbiased personal tech reviews and information on the digital lifestyle, will use the NowHouse as a stage to present the most cutting edge technology and consumer electronic products available today, similar to the virtual digital homes on CNET Digital Living (

“The NowHouse was conceived to give consumers and builders alike a fully-functional example of the advances that have taken place in home construction,” said Scott Redmond, project director. “This innovative structure was built using a proprietary panelized construction system featuring patent-pending technologies, construction tools, and processes which are ready to build as of today at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional home building. The NowHouse incorporates the best in environmentally-friendly home construction and design with the latest, most advanced technology.”

“CNET saw the NowHouse project as a unique opportunity to bring the digital home to life and show people how today’s technology can enhance and enrich their lives,” said Candice Meyers, senior vice president, CNET. “There is a notion that a house that is outfitted with the latest tech products is not energy efficient, and the NowHouse is an excellent place to show consumers how they build the ultimate digital home – that is still environmentally friendly.”

The NowHouse project brings together best-of-breed architects, engineers and agencies to assemble a structure that will feature state-of-the-art products, technologies and systems for the public to view. Lead sponsors of the NowHouse include: Clever Homes LLC, CNET, Della Robbia, Ecotimber, Kitchenaid, Mscape, Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, Premier Building Systems and Whirlpool.

Associate sponsors include: Alternative Building Concepts, Axis Communications, Builders Booksource, Dwell Magazine, Dricon, Flex Your Power, FlowGuard Gold Pipe & Fittings / Noveon, Inc., Logitech, Friends of the Urban Forest, Integrity Gasket, InterTie, La Cantina Doors, MarComm PR, Metlund, Microtherm, Modern Outdoor, Next Energy, P.O.D.S., San Francisco Department of Environment, San Francisco Department of Public Works, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Synergy California, San Francisco Department of Environmental Justice, Tyler Wire Mesh, VR4MAX, Weatherset and Wiretracks.

A $5.00 donation will benefit Friends of The Urban Forest and local community building education.

For more information about NowHouse, including a list of features, please visit About Affordable Green Development Corporation Affordable Green Development Corporation (AGDC) is a 501 C 3 non-profit charity dedicated to promoting positive efficient home building knowledge and resources in the community. The organization was formed for the purpose of building and promoting demonstration homes in major metropolitan areas to showcase best-of-breed materials, technology, building systems and architecture that exemplify three basic characteristics: environmental efficiency, affordability and accessibility to the general public and industry. These demonstration homes are built in partnership with local and state governmental agencies and other non-governmental organizations that seek to promote practices or materials consistent with the goals of AGDC.

About Clever Homes LLC
Clever Homes LLC ( is a multidisciplinary home design and construction systems company with headquarters in San Francisco. The company promotes and develops proprietary building systems that integrate existing technologies while advancing and improving prefabricated construction methods. From core building materials to finishes and fixtures, Clever Homes make the most of existing technology, powerful partnerships and their own patent pending engineering.

About CNET
CNET, a property of CNET Networks, Inc., is dedicated to helping people buy and use personal technology to enhance and enrich their lives. Providing expert and unbiased advice, CNET’s award winning editorial staff reviews thousands of products each year. CNET’s goal is to give people confidence in buying tech products, comfort in using them, and cachet in owning them. And, with an extensive directory of more than 200,000 products and price comparisons, CNET also gives consumers the most up-to-date and efficient shopping resource on the Web.

Marc Gendron
MarComm PR for CleverHomes
(559) 228-8424

Sarah Winterhalder
CNET Networks
(415) 344-2218

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