Winner – BSC Jerry Rouleau Award for Excellence in Home Design
October 9th, 2019
KB ProjeKt, Where Tomorrow Lives
Category: Panelized Single Family Home – 3,001 to 4,000 Square Feet
Builder: KB Home
Project Location : Henderson, Nev.
The KB ProjeKt concept home was developed by KB Home and factory built by Entekra as a prototype smart home of the future, which breaks new ground in home building by transforming design and construction processes to address "where tomorrow lives" for everyday buyers of new houses in new neighborhoods.
Manufactured in Entekra's Northern California factory for assembly in the master-planned community of Inspirada near Las Vegas, the 3,200-square-foot house was unveiled in early 2019 as a learning laboratory that sought to re-envision what buyers will want in their homes – and the surrounding communities – in the next three-to-10-year horizon from the perspective of production home builders.
Key initiatives in the development of this home included not only attainability and eco-friendliness, but also new value propositions: health and well-being. As the country's population continues to age, requiring living environments that will allow Americans to live healthier and more active lives in the latter years, wellness-related features and functionality will become increasingly important considerations for all home buyers – from first-time buyers to empty nesters.
Recognizing that Americans spend a majority of their lives indoors and that a home’s indoor environment can have a significant impact on its resident’s health, a number of smart technologies were installed in KB ProjeKt to monitor aspects of daily life, from air and water quality to temperature and lighting. Interior lighting could be programmed to mimic natural circadian rhythms, with lights automatically adjusting to match the time of day, and ideal sleep conditions were optimized with room-darkening shades and special noise-damping drywall.
With a concerted effort to exceed energy-efficiency standards, the concept home was precision manufactured to create a tighter envelope. In conjunction with the use of cutting-edge building materials as well as numerous sustainability technologies, including two Tesla Powerwall batteries to store the energy gained during the day by the solar power system, the house achieved a zero rating on the HERS Index.
The overall live-ability of the house was enhanced by designing the space with flexibility in mind. A movable wall in the Great Room allows for the space to be changed throughout the day, allowing for more efficient use as it changes from office or studio to bedroom or entertaining area. The second floor features bedrooms as well as a gathering space with a small kitchen, which can accommodate an extended family, a care-taker or even an Airbnb renter, as this area also has a separate entrance. This flexibility was designed with a long-term view, taking into consideration what tomorrow may bring as family structures and needs change.
Part of the forward-looking concept of KB ProjeKt included viewing the homebuilding process as a collaboration among the builder, the architects, the structural engineers, the manufacturer and key suppliers. By executing the construction as a team effort, the build cycle was streamlined, saving 30 days on-site and providing insights for how production builders can drive down costs.