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Ford And KB Home Mashup Will Let You Live Like The Jetsons

Now here’s a corporate America green mashup for you: Ford Motor Company has teamed with U.S. home building giant KB Home to create an ultra-efficient model house that seamlessly integrates plug-in electric vehicles and solar power into its energy mix. Specifically, KB’s ZeroHouse 2.0 is being introduced in San Marcos, California complete with Ford’s new MyEnergi Lifestyle household and EV energy management system. The idea is to demonstrate that the interaction between house and car will result in greater affordability, bringing the renewable energy lifestyle within reach of more consumers.
Ford and KB Home team up

Ford C-Max Energi by mariordo59.
KB Home’s ZeroHouse 2.0

Since ZeroHouse 2.0 came first (KB Home rolled it out in 2011), let’s begin by unpacking that one. ZeroHouse 2.0 is one of the first production homes in the country to aim for net zero home status, an achievement that won kudos for KB as the #1 Green Homebuilder according to a recent Calvert Investments study.

ZeroHouse includes roof-mounted solar panels by yet another corporate leader, SunPower, combined with improved insulation, HVAC systems, and windows.

KB has been constantly tweaking ZeroHouse since its initial roll-out, and the San Marcos edition features even more bells and whistles including all EPA-rated WaterSense and Whirlpool 6th Sense Live appliances, along with a Schneider Electric Wiser Home Management System. The end result is a fully automated, wireless system that enables consumers to exercise pinpoint control over their home appliances and squeeze the most juice out of off-peak utility rates.

Take all that and combine it with a smart phone app, and you’ve got an enormous degree of flexibility that enables consumers to adjust their home controls even when they’re on the go.
Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle

The final piece of the ZeroHouse puzzle is a built in charging station that integrates Ford’s C-MAX Energi plug-in EV and the Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle remote control system.

Like ZeroHouse, MyEnergi is a collaboration with heavy hitters including Eaton, Infineon, and Nest Labs as well as SunPower and Whirlpool, all with the goal of maximizing the use of renewable energy and off-peak utility rates.

Last year, Ford unveiled the results of a computer model engineered by the Georgia Institute of Technology for its bundle of renewable energy, efficient appliances (including the EV), and automated controls in a typical single family home, and it found a drop of 60 percent in energy costs along with a 55 percent reduction in carbon emissions.

With the car and house systems combined (and in the context of San Marcos’s solar resources), KB Home anticipates that a fully tricked out ZeroHouse could end up with no monthly electricity bill, even with the additional load of an EV charging station.
Net Zero Homes And Electric Cars


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