KB Home introduces LEED Platinum Calif. community

Los Angeles-based KB Home has unveiled Primera Terra, one of the largest communities of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified homes in California, according to the home builder. The 52 luxury condominium homes in Playa Vista are built with sustainable materials and are equipped with energy- and water-saving features.

According to KB Home, the homes at Primera Terra are at least 40% more energy-efficient than California's Title 24 new home standards, with estimated heating and cooling costs as little as $57 per month. KB Home will include its new Energy Performance Guide or EPG, which provides an estimate of monthly heating and cooling costs.

"Primera Terra is our first LEED Platinum-certified community in a prime location on the Westside of Los Angeles, and once again shows how focused we are as a company in being an industry leader and innovator in the area of environmental sustainability," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "Consumers may not be familiar with the LEED program, so we want to show home shoppers how these new KB homes can deliver incredible value to their owners, while setting a higher standard for environmentally conscious living." 

Primera Terra offers six floor plans, ranging in size from 965 sq. ft. to 1,504 sq. ft., with up to three bedrooms and two baths. Built-in green include tankless water heaters, Energy Star-qualified appliances and lighting, high-efficiency windows and WaterSense-labeled faucets and toilets. All homes will also have an energy monitoring system that tracks electricity usage throughout the day, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, from any computer or Web-enabled mobile device. 

In addition, Primera Terra homes maximize fresh air indoors with combustion venting, an active ventilation system and exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Low-VOC paint and flooring also reduces toxins that can contribute to poor indoor air quality.