One of the largest homebuilders in America has announced it will allow buyers of its new "Built to Order" residences the option of having the wiring system designed to accommodate home-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids. In commenting on the decision to help promote this kind of grid-friendly alternative aimed at attracting tech-savvy early adopters, Jeffrey Mezger, the firm's president and chief executive officer, noted: "KB Home is building new homes that are relevant to the way homebuyers are living - now and in the future. This is just one of many innovative and earth-friendly options that homeowners can choose from as part of KB Home's 'Built to Order' experience. It's a great feature for homebuyers who currently drive electric cars, or for those who want to build their new home to accommodate these cars in the future."
Based in Los Angeles, California, KB Home was recently named a 2010 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The accolade recognized KB Home for both its use of ENERGY STAR-compliant construction techniques and for its work in educating new home buyers about the long-term value of housing built to this spec when it comes to savings on overall energy costs as well a helping protect the environment.