KB Ups the Water, Energy Efficiency with Double ZeroHouse 3.0

Monday, Oct 13 2014
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Nigel F. Maynard

KB Home, one of the nation's largest homebuilders, has debut a new model home that emphasizes water and energy-efficiency.

The highly-efficient Double ZeroHouse 3.0 is the first net-zero KB home with renewable energy generation and storage capabilities provided by SunPower. It also has high-tech and energy-efficient products from Ford's MyEnergi Lifestyle initiative and fully-integrated, network-connected appliances from Whirlpool.

“The WaterSense labeled house is equipped with an integrated home water and energy recycling system called the ‘eWater Recycler’ by Nexus eWater,” the company explained. “Warm grey water, which studies have indicated may account for two out of every three gallons of indoor water, is normally treated as waste and sent straight to the sewer. The eWater Recycler recycles the energy in this warm water and treats the water on-site for reuse in non-potable applications.”

KB said the eWater Recycler will supply recycled drainwater to all of the home's toilets, meaning they will use zero freshwater in a household of four or more, and recycled energy to heat the home's fresh water.

“Combined with the home's other water-conserving features — including a first-of-its-kind KitchenAid Architect Series II water-recycling dishwasher, WaterSense labeled fixtures, and a touchless kitchen faucet — KB Home estimates that the Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora can conserve as much as 70% of the freshwater that would traditionally be used in a typical resale home.”

Like the builder’s previous ZeroHouse model, ZeroHouse 3.0 is designed to achieve net-zero energy usage and incorporates advanced features and systems such as increased insulation; upgraded HVAC units; high-performance windows; LED lighting; and SunPower solar panels that will serve the home's total electricity demand.

The single-story home is 2,612 sq. ft., with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage.

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