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    A. O. Smith Featured Full Residential Offering at 2012 IBS

    Ashland City, TN (Thursday, 08 March 2012)

    Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith ( recently exhibited at the 2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), Feb. 8–11 in Orlando, Fla. A. O. Smith was among 800 exhibitors attracting more than 50,000 attendees, making IBS the world’s largest construction show. 

    A. O. Smith featured its comprehensive residential product offering on board one of the show’s most unique displays, the company’s Mobile Marketing Vehicle (MMV). The guided tour allowed show-goers to interact with each of the residential products, including the NEXT Hybrid® high efficiency gas, the Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump, the Effex® high efficiency gas, both condensing and non-condensing gas Tankless models, and the Vertex™ condensing gas water heaters, as well as A. O. Smith’s newest power vent unit, which will be available in early 2012. 

    A. O. Smith also featured its Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump, Vertex™ Power Direct Vent Gas, and high efficiency gas condensing tankless water heaters in the 14th annual BUILDER Concept Home series at Orlando’s Eagle Creek community. 

    Set side-by-side on a cul-de-sac, each home was built to cater to the lifestyle needs of a different demographic—Gen X, Gen Y and Gen B (Baby Boomer). Understanding that each demographic has varying hot water needs, A. O. Smith’s diverse residential portfolio offers builders a solution to meet nearly every homeowner’s needs. For the BUILDER Concept Homes, Centerline Homes, the lead builder at Eagle Creek, chose: 

    • Gen X: The revolutionary A. O. Smith high efficiency Vertex™ Power Direct Vent water heater combines an advanced internal heat exchanger with 100,000 BTU input resulting in a state-of-the-art water heater with money-saving 96 percent thermal efficiency; 

    • Gen Y: The 2.3 EF ENERGY-STAR® qualified Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump water heater is twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater by pulling in heat from the surrounding air and depositing it into the storage tank, allowing the heater to operate in the most efficient mode; and 

    • Gen B: The A. O. Smith high efficiency gas condensing tankless water heater with 91 percent thermal efficiency, ENERGY STAR qualified and 199,000 BTU input. The unit offers improved flow rates for increased water delivery, digital interface for simple programming along with a 12-year limited warranty. 

    As an added feature, the Gen B home is rendered as a comprehensive, photo-realistic virtual tour within the project. Guests can view the virtual home here. 

    “We at A. O. Smith are proud to have been a part of these two great events, IBS and the BUILDER Concept Home series,” said David Chisolm, marketing director for A. O. Smith. “It clearly demonstrates the wide range of water heating products that are now available. We understand that homeowners have growing demands for innovative, energy-efficient products, and our company has met these needs by offering solutions for every type of home.” 

    To learn more about A. O. Smith’s water heating solutions, visit 

    About A. O. Smith: 

    A. O. Smith Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers. A. O. Smith offers our customers an additional competitive advantage in that the company designs, builds, distributes and field supports the world’s broadest and deepest line of residential and commercial water heaters, as well as commercial boilers. This single-source concept simplifies ordering, installation and service and is backed by more than 70 years of research and innovation. For more information, visit For the most up-to-date industry news, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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