Home Is Where the Hybrid Is: KB Home Features Ford's MyEnergi Lifestyle
DEARBORN, Mich. and SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich.and SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
oCollaboration pairs Ford C-MAX Energi and other energy-efficient
technologies with KB Home's ZeroHouse 2.0 model home to showcase
affordable sustainable living
oKB Home to feature Ford's MyEnergi Lifestyle® in ZeroHouse 2.0 in San
oZeroHouse 2.0 represents the next generation of energy-efficient home
design that can help lower cost of home ownership compared to a typical
resale home. A fully optioned ZeroHouse 2.0 could entirely eliminate
monthly electricity charges
oWith a starting price of $29,995, Ford C-MAX Energi is America's most
affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announce that
products from the Ford-led initiative MyEnergi Lifestyle® will be featured in
the homebuilder's ZeroHouse 2.0 model home in San Marcos, Calif., and
potentially in additional KB Home markets.
The relationship between these two innovative leaders is intended to raise
awareness of MyEnergi Lifestyle benefits and provide a showcase for
electric-powered vehicles, solar power systems and smart appliances. The
initiative will demonstrate how the typical American family can potentially
save money while reducing their impact on the environment by combining a
highly efficient home design with the latest in smart home technology and an
affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle.
MyEnergi Lifestyle works by leveraging technology so key energy-consuming
devices in a home use less energy, while also shifting energy usage to less
expensive periods. At night, for example, when energy costs are lower, a smart
refrigerator can perform high-energy tasks like ice making or defrosting –
just as Ford's plug-in vehicles do with recharging.
At an event today in San Marcos, Ford's all-new C-MAX Energi was on display
and plugged into ZeroHouse 2.0's built-in electric vehicle charge station,
which is engineered to charge the vehicle during off-peak hours for maximum
cost efficiency. C-MAX Energi boasts an impressive 100 MPGe combined,
according to the EPA, plus – unlike others in the segment – returns "real car"
performance with up to 195 horsepower, engaging driving dynamics and a quiet
interior. With a starting price of $29,995, C-MAX Energi is America's most
affordable plug-in hybrid.
"KB Home is a leader in incorporating state-of-the-art sustainable building
practices, and we're thrilled to feature MyEnergi Lifestyle products in these
homes," said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and
infrastructure. "The home and vehicle share a common 'fuel' called
electricity, now more than ever. Our commitment to sustainability compels us
to work collaboratively to find technology solutions that are greater than the
sum of the parts."
The future of net-zero energy
ZeroHouse 2.0 continues a national rollout of the net-zero energy home options
KB Home began in fall 2011. The ZeroHouse 2.0 in San Marcos pushes the
envelope even more, as it's the first WaterSense-labeled home built in San
Diego County, and includes both a comprehensive Schneider Electric Wiser™ Home
Management System and all-new Whirlpool smart appliances that incorporate
Whirlpool® 6th Sense Live™ technology. The Wiser Home Management System allows
homeowners to monitor energy consumption, and provides automation control via
a Web-based portal or mobile application. This marks the first time these
innovative products have been used by a production homebuilder.
Whirlpool's smart products allow homeowners to monitor and program their
appliances through wireless networks, providing greater convenience and
control over energy consumption. With Whirlpool 6th Sense Live, homeowners can
set their appliances so their highest energy consumption activities happen at
times when electricity rates are lowest. They can also receive alerts about
the status of their smart appliances – all from their smartphones or
"We're so pleased to announce our new relationship with Ford, and to have the
opportunity to use our innovative new ZeroHouse 2.0 as a true model for an
energy-efficient and sustainable lifestyle that we know many of today's
consumers desire to achieve," said Jeff Mezger, president and CEO, KB Home.
"We continue to refine our ZeroHouse 2.0 options and benefits by further
developing and incorporating some of the latest new home building practices
and technologies available today."
The higher efficiency of ZeroHouse 2.0 is the result of a whole-home approach
– from the inside out – that includes additional insulation; upgraded HVAC
systems; dual-pane, low-emitting windows; and roof-mounted solar panels by
SunPower. Additionally, a WaterSense-labeled home is designed to use 20
percent less water than a typical new home. For a family of four, that's a
difference of about 50,000 gallons of water a year compared to a typical home,
or enough for nearly 2,000 loads of laundry and as much as $600 in annual
At today's event students from San Marcos Middle School and local officials
learned firsthand how much money can potentially be saved by living in an
energy-efficient ZeroHouse 2.0 home. The students toured the home to learn
about the efficiency features included, then watched as a dump truck load of
schoolyard dodge balls was spilled out, symbolizing the amount of water a
WaterSense-labeled home saves in less than a week compared to a typical new or
resale home. KB Home announced it would make a cash donation to the school,
equivalent to a year's worth of energy and water savings enjoyed by a family
living in the ZeroHouse 2.0 home when compared to a typical resale home.
History of MyEnergi Lifestyle
The Ford-led MyEnergi Lifestylecollaboration is comprised of leaders in the
home appliance, solar power and power management industries, and includes
Eaton (NYSE: ETN), SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) and Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR).
Additional featured companies include semiconductor provider Infineon (FSE:
IFX/OTCQX: IFNNY) and Nest Labs, with its latest learning thermostat
represented in the research and implementation phase of the collaboration.
In January Ford released results of a Georgia Institute of Technology computer
model that calculated the electricity usage of a typical single family in
their home for one year, and the associated savings with moving to an
energy-efficient lifestyle. The cumulative results predict a 60 percent
reduction in energy costs and more than 9,000 kg of CO (a 55 percent
reduction) saved. If every home in the U.S. were to implement these
energy-saving technologies, it would be the equivalent of taking all the homes
in California, New York and Texas – 32 million homes – off the power grid.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn,
Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With
about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive
brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services
through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its
products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
About KB Home
KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies in
the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the company has built more than
half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to Order™ approach
lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and
design features. In addition to meeting strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB
homes are highly energy efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for
homeowners, which the company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy
Performance Guide® (EPG®). A leader in utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable
building practices, KB Home was named the #1 Green Homebuilder in the most
recent study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE
magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. Los Angeles-based KB Home
was the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades
under the ticker symbol "KBH." For more information about KB Home's new home
communities, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com.
SOURCE Ford Motor Company
Contact: Amanda Zusman, Ford Motor Company, 313.322.3132, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Gil Jenkins, Ford Motor Company, 415.677.2716, email@example.com; or
Craig LeMessurier, KB Home, 925.983.4509, firstname.lastname@example.org
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