KB Home, a major home builder, is hoping energy saving, eco-friendly features will help drive sales of luxury condos.
When it opens Tuesday, the company's Primera Terra residential development in Playa Vista will include a host of green essentials: A white "cool roof" to deflect sunlight and heat, electric vehicle charging stations in the garage and storage space for bicycles.
The condo complex with 52 units also has its own community garden. Each condo has a tankless water heater and hi-tech showerheads that save as many as 2,700 gallons a year.
Residents can save more than 40% on their energy bill compared with a typical new home of comparable size, executives said. Condo owners can monitor energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and electricity costs through their computer, iPad or iPhone using a device connected to each unit's electrical panel.