KB Home's ‘Double ZeroHouse' is a Model of Water and Energy Efficiency
Builder's most environmentally ambitious home yet features net-zero
energy usage and zero freshwater usage for irrigation
LANCASTER, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the nation's largest and most recognized
homebuilders, unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles County
today during a special event at the builder's Dawn Creek community in
Lancaster. The newest ZeroHouse 2.0 is the first KB home designed to
achieve both net-zero energy status, and zero freshwater
irrigation use by a family of four or more. Dubbed the "Double
ZeroHouse" for its dual emphasis on energy and water efficiency, the
home is equipped to recycle drainwater on-site and reuse it for
landscaping, minimizing the home's overall demand for new water and
eliminating the household's need to use freshwater for the home's
established low-water landscaping.
KB Home's 2,537 square foot Double ZeroHouse at Dawn Creek in Lancaster, Calif. is the builder's first to achieve net-zero energy status and zero freshwater usage irrigation. (Photo: Business Wire)
KB Home estimates that the Double ZeroHouse 2.0 at Dawn Creek can
conserve 150,000 gallons of water each year when compared to a typical
resale home and landscaping, a reduction of approximately 70%. In
addition, the ZeroHouse is designed to produce as much energy as it
consumes, potentially yielding an electric bill of $0.
KB Home celebrated the debut of its Double ZeroHouse 2.0 with an
educational event this morning at Dawn Creek, where students studying
solar technology at the University of the Antelope Valley were treated
to presentations by officials from the City of Lancaster, the State of
California, KB Home and its supplier partners.
"We laud KB Home for the environmental leadership and performance
achieved by its ZeroHouse 2.0 model," said David Hochschild,
commissioner of California's Energy Commission, who was present at this
morning's ceremony. "KB Home's extensive sustainability initiatives have
already led to the construction of thousands of solar powered homes and
millions of dollars in energy savings for its customers. The cooperation
of KB Home and businesses like it will be instrumental as we continue
the important work of building a better, more energy-efficient
The first-of-its-kind KB home features an advanced water recycling
system, a water recycling dishwasher, a "greywater" heat recovery
system, super-efficient air ventilation and purification systems as well
as a "fuel forward" garage with both an EV charger for electric and
hybrid vehicles and a CNG fueling station for natural gas powered cars.
Each of these efficiency options is available for homebuyers to select
at the KB Home Studio as part of the builder's signature Built to OrderTM
experience for its new homes.
The home's water recycling system treats greywater from bathroom
showers, tubs, sinks, and washing machines to near-potable quality, and
reuses it on the landscape. KB Home's ZeroHouse 2.0 at Dawn Creek is the
builder's first to showcase this cutting-edge technology that, according
to manufacturer's estimates, can help a family of four recycle up to
40,000 gallons of water annually.
"Driven by an industry-leading commitment to sustainability, KB Home has
succeeded in building our most water- and energy-efficient ZeroHouse 2.0
to date at Dawn Creek," said Tom DiPrima, executive vice president of KB
Home's Southern California division. "With drought conditions currently
affecting every corner of California, KB Home recognizes the importance
of embracing innovations like the advanced greywater recycling system
demonstrated in this ZeroHouse 2.0 that leverage the technology of the
future to address the problems of today."
Water-recycling technology is also featured in the home's dishwasher,
which uses 33% less water than other highly-efficient dishwashers by
saving water from the last rinse cycle for use in the first pre-rinse
cycle of the next load.
In addition to its ability to recycle water on-site, KB Home's Double
ZeroHouse 2.0 at Dawn Creek employs a variety of state-of-the-art
energy-efficient elements that team up and make it a net-zero-energy
home. For example, enhanced insulation and sealants help maintain
desired internal temperatures, and advanced heating and cooling systems
minimize the home's energy use while also creating a comfortable climate
The home's greywater heat recovery system extracts energy from
drainwater and uses it to preheat water in the home's tankless water
heater, further reducing water heating costs.
Two specialized systems in KB Home's Double ZeroHouse 2.0 can work
‘round the clock to optimize the home's indoor air quality. An advanced
ventilation system introduces fresh outdoor air into the home, while a
whole-home air purification system combines patented electronic
technology with a highly efficient filter to significantly improve
indoor air purity and increase airflow.
With the inclusion of solar technology, these and other components of KB
Home's Double ZeroHouse 2.0 together contribute to an estimated $4,452
in energy and water savings annually.
The ZeroHouse is connected to real-time water and energy monitoring
systems that can track the water and energy used by the house
conveniently from smart phones and tablets. Home automation technology
included in the home puts the power to control its lighting, thermostat
and security functions at its owners' fingertips, and the home's ‘smart'
refrigerator further reduces the home's demand for energy by shifting
energy-intensive functions to off-peak times.
All KB homes, even those that are not at the Double ZeroHouse 2.0
standard, are ENERGY STAR® certified with WaterSense labeled faucets and
fixtures that can potentially translate into significantly lower utility
bills for KB homeowners. KB Home's Double ZeroHouse far exceeds
WaterSense and ENERGY STAR efficiency standards, is Indoor airPLUS
certified, and meets the Department of Energy's rigorous Challenge Home
program's requirements for energy savings, comfort, health, durability,
quality and future performance.
The City of Lancaster, where KB Home's Double ZeroHouse 2.0 is located,
is committed to becoming the Alternative Energy Capital of the World, as
well as the nation's first Net-Zero City. The City's ongoing partnership
with KB Home provides the potential to improve energy conservation and
efficiency within California, while strengthening Lancaster's reputation
as a premier authority on municipal alternative energy.
"KB Home's groundbreaking efforts to incorporate the latest water- and
energy- saving technology into homes have been simply astounding," said
City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. "This management team is
extremely proactive. They knew the technology was out there and rather
than waiting for someone to map it out for them, they blazed the trail,
discovering how to implement this wonderful energy-saving, clean
power-producing equipment into their homes. These are exactly the type
of partners we need in our journey to become the nation's first Net-Zero
In recognition of his pivotal role in developing this tremendously
successful partnership between KB Home and Lancaster, Mayor Parris
presented Tom DiPrima, executive vice president of KB Home's Southern
California division, with a key to the City.
KB Home's ‘Double ZeroHouse 2.0' at Dawn Creek is now open in Lancaster.
For more information, visit www.kbhome.com
or call 888-KB-HOMES.
About KB Home
KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies
in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the company has built
more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to
Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot
location to floor plan and design features. As a leader in utilizing
state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, all KB homes are highly
energy efficient and meet strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines. This helps to
lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the company
demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide®
(EPG®). KB Home has been named both an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Sustained Excellence Award winner and WaterSense® Partner of the Year
for three consecutive years by the EPA. Los Angeles-based KB Home was
the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades
under the ticker symbol "KBH." For more information about KB Home's new
home communities, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com.
About the City of Lancaster
The City of Lancaster is a thriving community of more than 158,000
located in northern Los Angeles County. Clean air, affordable housing,
wide open spaces, and a close-knit community make Lancaster an ideal
place for families. A low cost of doing business, endless potential for
growth, and a strong commitment to business from local leaders has twice
earned Lancaster the Eddy Award for "Most Business-Friendly City" in Los
Angeles County from the Los Angeles County Economic Development
Corporation. In addition, Lancaster boasts more than 300 days of
sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy
technologies. No matter how you look at it, it's positively clear that
Lancaster is the perfect place to live, work and play.
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