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KB Home unveils first zero net energy home in state

The homebuilder hosted an event in Lake Forest today to debut its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in California

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: December 16, 2011 03:05 PM

This morning, local VIPs and representatives for KB Home gathered in Lake Forest to present the homebuilder’s first zero-net-energy house in California. The home is designed and built in such a way as to produce, use and conserve energy by the most efficient methods possible: through the use of integrated solar panels, insulation, upgraded heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems and dual-pane, low-emission windows.

Among other energy-efficient amenities, the new Whisler Ridge house also features a roof built with smog-eating tile, a solar hot water heater, appliances and technology from EPA WaterSense and Energy Star, Electronic Energy monitoring system and automation controls for various systems.

The home, called the ZeroHouse 2.0, is located at Whisler Ridge, and is one of several zero-net-energy homes the company has opened all over the country. KB Home already builds all of its projects to meet the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star qualification, and recently announced that solar-power systems have become a standard feature of homes in 29 of its Southern California communities. According to representatives from KB Home, the ZeroHouse 2.0 could ultimately eliminate a homeowner’s monthly electricity bill entirely.

“With the introduction of the ZeroHouse 2.0 program, we are now able to offer homebuyers a home that outperforms typical new and resale homes, reduces their monthly electric bill significantly and potentially gets it all the way down to zero,” President and CEO of KB Home Jeffrey Mezger said earlier this year.

Steve Ruffner, president of KB Home’s Southern California division, concurred. “To be able to open up your bill from the power company and have it be close to nothing is a great feeling. And ZeroHouse 2.0 is something you can only get at KB home,” he said. “We are dedicated to offering our homebuyers incredible value in the form of a well-built, smartly-designed, energy-efficient new home. Our new ZeroHouse 2.0 offering is just one more way we are expanding that commitment to our customers.”

Organizers also made the event a learning opportunity for local school kids. Students from Serrano Intermediate School attended the event this morning, taking a tour of the house and learning about how its different features and amenities contribute to its energy savings. Students also participated in a game-show-style quiz contest to highlight what they learned.

“We are so pleased that KB Home chose to build its first net-zero-energy home in the state here in Lake Forest. What a fantastic way to put our community on the map and lead the way forward with a company that understands the value of ‘going green’ for our residents,” said Lake Forest Mayor Peter Herzog.

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