The Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt is a demonstration home created through a collaboration with BUILDER, KB Home, KTGY, and Virginia Tech. The goal was a high- performance, sustainable, resiliently built, and efficiently operating home. ProjeKt was conceptualized as a cross- industry, multidisciplinary collaboration with partners
in the housing industry that included manufacturers, academics, and other leaders.
ProjeKt began with a two-day charrette with representatives from each of these groups. Participants discussed how their products could work cooperatively to achieve a higher standard of performance than any one partner could attain alone. The plan they established was implemented during six months of design and construction.
KB Home looked at using “super materials” to construct exterior walls that are more durable and efficient. The company also gained first-hand experience in how key parts
of homes like kitchens and bathrooms can be constructed more efficiently offsite and installed as plug-in “cartridges” that are easy to repair or update when needed.
Beyond saving homeowners money or energy, ProjeKt demonstrates that the home of the future could give energy back to the grid as well as provide occupants with better health and greater convenience, according to KB Home.
Energy modeling shows that the home would meet California’s anticipated 2020 regulations for net-zero energy new homes. The home’s water efficiency can save 35% of typical water consumption. The home’s hybrid modular construction means faster assembly in a factory setting, and easier remodeling in the future. It also features a movable wall that can dynamically adapt to residents’ needs.
Water and energy management systems help increase the home’s resource efficiency. A secure “delivery port” is set up to safely receive packages both through traditional delivery methods and via drones. The home incorporates natural materials such as tree bark and a vegetable “grow wall.” It also has circadian lighting applications. More than 1,000 professionals toured the finished home.