Net-Zero Designs Unveiled By KB Home

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.

KB Home net zero

image via KB Home

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.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

4 Comments

  • Reply October 5, 2011

    Anonymous

    Home builders were the #1 contributor to George Bush’s presidential campaign I quietly noticed at the time when he took Office. We had a Record run-up in Housing Prices subsequently to that. I’m not sure if you’d say we had a housing market crash, when he left Office.

  • Reply October 5, 2011

    Anonymous

    Home builders were the #1 contributor to George Bush’s presidential campaign I quietly noticed at the time when he took Office. We had a Record run-up in Housing Prices subsequently to that. I’m not sure if you’d say we had a housing market crash, when he left Office.

  • Reply October 18, 2011

    Guest

    lol, oh sure, it’s all George Bush’s fault. Wow.u00a0 Ignorance at its finest.

  • Reply September 29, 2013

    KB Home Issues

    We purchased a new KB Home that we were led to believe was an Energy Star Home. We later found out that only half of the attic was insulated and the other side only had about half the insulation levels it was supposed to as shown on http://www.kbhomeproblems.com where we’ve documented our experience as KB Homeowners.

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