Typical Tract Home Actually A Greenie

A new housing development in Lancaster, California, looks at first glance like so many other generic suburban layouts common in this state. What makes the Alamosa development by KB Home different than some others, however, is one particular home which the developer believes could “potentially lead to more affordable solar electricity and energy storage options for Americans across the country.”

The home, according to KB Home [PDF], is a new earth-friendly prototype design that incorporates what the builder says are many earth friendly features. These include solar panels, energy storage batteries, and LED energy-saving lights provided by BYD, a manufacturer of advanced battery technologies; Energy Star certification; an electric vehicle charging station and, according to USA Today, a special roof whose tiles reportedly have “an embedded catalyst that when exposed to sunlight, speeds up oxidation and reduces the nitrogen oxide pollution that creates smog.”

KB Home Lancaster

image via USA Today/KB Home

The city of Lancaster was said to be so taken by the idea of driving green technologies within its borders that it “waived all local municipal development fees for the project and fast-tracked it through the approval process, allowing construction to begin almost immediately.”

“At KB Home we are constantly seeking out new technology that will improve the quality of life for our homeowners,” said Steve Ruffner, president of KB Home’s Southern California division. “This collaboration has driven innovative thinking as we incorporate cutting-edge technologies so that future homeowners can enjoy the comforts of greener living.”

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