Net-zero energy green home built with Martha Stewart's touch

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Net-zero energy green home built with Martha Stewart's touch

The KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart opened its doors Jan. 11 at the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla. The green home is a result of collaboration of KB Home, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Builder Magazine.

To see pictures: KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart

For KB Home, the GreenHouse represents the next step in environmentally friendly building for KB Home: it is the company’s first net-zero energy home, meaning it is intended to produce more energy than it consumes over the span of a year.

As such, it has been labeled as a “Maximized Energy-Efficient Home” by the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, the home has been recognized with a variety of other green building achievements, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star and WaterSense qualifications, U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Platinum rating and Environments for Living® green certification.

Attendees were impressed with the elegantly traditional exterior, free flowing and inviting interior as well as the home design’s ability to bring the outdoors in via a telescoping patio door that spans the length of the kitchen and leads to a spacious lanai.

“We were happy to be a part of this project with KB Home,” said Martha Stewart. “It allowed us to build on our already successful partnership by creating the ultimate ‘green’ home that is not only environmentally friendly, but also beautiful, functional and affordable.”

Green features of the Builder Concept Home 2011 include:

  • Martha Stewart low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint
  • Central vacuum system
  • Compost bin in the kitchen
  • 9 kilowatt solar array that integrates into the roof's concrete tiles
  • Fiber-cement and stucco siding
  • Energy Star appliances by Whirlpool
  • WaterSense plumbing fixtures by Kohler
  • Efficient lighting by Sea Gull Lighting
  • Right-sized HVAC equipment by Carrier Corp.
  • Rainwater-collection system

The innovative net-zero energy home is the 13th in Builder Magazine’s Concept Home series tradition that annually showcases an impactful and interesting new concept in homebuilding during the industry’s premier trade conference, the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS).

The Builder Concept Home 2011 kicks off a new KB Home/Martha Stewart community near Orlando. Prices for homes in the new community start at $200,000.

The home will be open for public tours beginning Jan. 16. A virtual tour is available online.

Photos c. 2010 James F. Wilson/Courtesy Builder magazine.

Topics: Certification / LEED, Exteriors, Sustainable Communities

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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