KB Home Takes Green One Step Further
Green building continues to gain momentum—especially among residential homebuilders that can position the savings as a value add for homebuilders. More homes these days have a focus on energy efficiency, and some are even looking at the potential savings associated with water as well.
KB Home, www.kbhome.com, Los Angeles, Calif., recently unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0, which achieves both net-zero energy status and zero freshwater irrigation use. The company says the house can conserve 150,000 gallons of water each year when compared to a typical resale home and produces as much energy as it consumes, yielding an electric bill of $0.
In order to enable this type of savings, the home has a whole host of installed systems. For instance, the home has a water-recycling system that treats water and reuses it on the landscape. What’s more, the home has advanced heating and cooling systems, ventilation systems, and whole-home air purification systems to manage a home’s energy use. With these systems, as well as solar technology, KB Home estimates the home can save an estimated $4,452 in energy and water savings each year.
In addition, the homeowners are able to monitor and manage the home easily, as the ZeroHouse is connected to realtime water and energy-monitoring systems that can track the water and energy used by the home. Homeowners can access data about the home from smartphones and tablets, and can even control the lighting, thermostat, and security functions.
Beyond the typical home-automation system, KB Home is also offering its buyers a few unique tech features in this home. For instance, a smart refrigerator reduces the home’s energy by shifting the energy-intensive functions to off-peak hours. What’s more, the home has a “fuel forward” garage, as KB Home says. The garage comes equipped with both an EV (electric vehicle) charger for electric and hybrid vehicles and has a fueling station for natural gas powered cars.
As technologies for the home continue to develop, homebuilders are taking advantage and offering buyers the opportunity to purchase a home that is not only energy and water efficient, but also has a advanced features to monitor and control the home.