Imagine never having to pay a utility bill for your home. That’s what KB Home, a homebuilder based in Los Angeles, is hoping to acheive with its recently announced ZeroHouse 2.0 designs. While KB Home already builds Energy Star-qualified homes that the company says save homehowners an average of $1,000 a month on their utilities, the new ZeroHouse 2.0 is meant to eliminate electricity costs all together.
The first ZeroHouse 2.0 model homes include solar power systems and use building techniques that go beyond Energy Star-qualified standards, the company says. Higher efficiency for the homes starts with the incorporation of increased insulation, upgraded HVAC systems and dual-pane, low-e windows, along with rooftop solar panels.
The first of the ZeroHouse 2.0 homes will be opening in Tampa, Fla., and San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Visitors to a KB Home community can take a guided tour of the ZeroHouse 2.0 model. Guest will be able to see many of the energy saving features of the home, firsthand.
The national rollout of ZeroHouse 2.0 to more KB Home communities will continue through 2012. KB Homes has built more than half a million homes since it was founded in 1957. The company notes that it was named the #1 Green Homebuilder in a 2010 study by Calvert Investments.