Ford Plug-In Hybrid Part Of Calif. Net-Zero Home Demo

Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-Max is being showcased in another KB Home energy efficient house to showcase a net-zero lifestyle.

KB Home’s Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora is said to be designed to achieve net-zero energy usage — the result of a whole-home approach to first reduce the energy load of the home by incorporating advanced features and systems like increased insulation; upgraded HVAC units; high-performance windows; and LED lighting.

KB Home explained high-efficiency SunPower solar panels mounted to the roof are designed to serve the home’s total electricity demand with clean, renewable solar power. Notably, the Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora is among the first KB homes also equipped with these new energy storage solutions provided by SunPower. The advanced systems extend the solar system’s existing capabilities by storing excess solar power generated during the day for use in the event of a power outage.

Technology plays a huge part in the creation of the Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora as it connects a host of smart home technologies into one intelligent ecosystem, enabling homeowners to control much of their home’s equipment from a smartphone or tablet.

2013 Ford C-Max Energi DrivingThe builder added its Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora incorporates products from Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle initiative, including a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

Ford explained MyEnergi Lifestyle shows how a typical American family can significantly reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating today’s smart home appliances, plug-in vehicles and solar energy by using the company’s proprietary database of utility rates to perform tasks when electricity costs are lower. MyEnergi Lifestyle works by leveraging the cloud so key energy-consuming devices in a home use less energy, while also shifting energy usage to less expensive periods.

The KB home earns its ‘Double’ ZeroHouse title through its dual emphasis on water as well as energy efficiency, said KB Homes. The WaterSense labeled house is equipped with an integrated home water and energy recycling system called the “eWater Recycler,” by Nexus eWater. 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. In the case of the Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora, 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 percent of the freshwater that would traditionally be used in a typical resale home.

“KB Home has a distinguished history of innovation in homebuilding, and it is an honor to work with these respected leaders of their industries in introducing our ‘smartest’ KB home built to date,” said Chris Apostolopoulos, president of KB Home’s Bay Area division and regional general manager. “Our Double ZeroHouse 3.0 demonstrates what is possible when like-minded companies come together with the shared goal of pioneering a more sustainable future — a ‘smarter’ home that is water smart, energy smart, and systems smart.”

KB Home’s Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora at Blackstone is located at 613 Colby Court in El Dorado Hills. The builder said it is a 2,612 square feet single-story home, with three bedrooms, two baths, and a two-car garage.

Pictures of the house can be seen on the local paper’s website, the Sacramento Bee.