DOE Tour of Zero: Santalina, Haciendas at Rancho ZeroHouse 2.0 by KB Home
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KB Home’s ZeroHouse 2.0 in San Marcos, California, is a certified U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home equipped with solar electric panels on the roof that can meet all of the home’s annual electric needs.
Advanced solid-state lighting technology is used throughout the home.
A solar electric system provides electricity for the home and an electric car charging station, while a solar thermal system provides much of the hot water for the home. A high-efficiency tankless gas water heater provides backup heat when the solar water heater cannot meet demand.
The ultra-efficient performance is distinguished with a label that clearly shows significant utility bill savings.
Big signs and media tours announced the home’s completion and energy-efficient performance projected to save $3,783 per year in energy costs compared to a minimum-code home.
The home’s water-saving fixtures, which meet EPA’s WaterSense requirements, are demonstrated for visitors.
“You can get the home you want, built the way you want, that saves money and helps benefit the planet.”
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"An energy- and water-efficient, technologically advanced new home that produces as much energy as it uses – that’s a ZeroHouse. Combined with the quality and value of Built to Order, you can get the home you want, built the way you want, that saves money and helps benefit the planet."
– KB Home