American business magnate, media personality, author, and magazine publisher, Martha Stewart, is “going green” with her latest green project— an entire home that is designed to generate as much power as it uses. Martha Stewart, together with home builder, KB Homes constructed the “net-zero” green project, a move that both companies trust will spark home sales back to life.
Stewart partnered with KB Homes to build a green project known as “Idea Home”, which is going to be featured at the International Builders Show, on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida.
The International Builders Show is an annual construction industry show featuring exhibitors displaying products and educational programs.
The green project, which is unveiled on Tuesday in Windermere, Florida— on the eve before the opening of the International Builders Show, features green innovations such as rainwater-collection system, kitchen composting bins, and 9 kilowatt solar panels on the roof.
KB Home and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc’s joint venture will continue for about six years. Living Omnimedia Inc’s has constructed about 1,000 Martha-branded homes, which have designs inspired by Ms. Stewart’s residences in Maine, Connecticut and New York.
This green project is the first “net-zero” home built by KB Homes, and has Energy Star-certified appliances, durable fiber-cement and stucco siding, Water Sense plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting, right-sized HVAC equipment, and uses Stewart’s signature low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint around the house.
Stewart’s company sells a line of kitchen cabinetry, counter tops, and low-VOC paints at Home Depot.
The green project also earns a LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC.