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Schneider Electric Partners with KB Home to Provide Grid-to-Plug Innovation and Energy Resiliency to California New-Home Community

Boston, MA, USA

05/06/2021

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•    Schneider Electric complements KB Home’s vision of delivering industry-leading construction and technology to provide significant energy savings for homeowners 
•    Award-winning Square D™ Energy Center and connected Wiring Devices to be standard in all 128 homes within KB Home’s new Sundance at Park Circle community
•    Grid-to-plug solution offers homeowners enhanced control and simplified energy management, future-proofing homes while providing greater energy resiliency

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a partnership with KB Home, one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States. Schneider Electric will provide grid-to-plug innovation in KB Home’s new Sundance at Park Circle community in Valley Center, California. These homes will incorporate the Square D™ Energy Center and connected Wiring Devices, which will offer greater levels of control, energy efficiency and resiliency for new homebuyers.

KB Home has long recognized the benefits of building energy efficient homes and was the first homebuilder to commit to make every home they build ENERGY STAR® certified, which can deliver energy savings that lowers the cost of homeownership and be better for the planet.  As the most sustainable corporation in the world, and four-time ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, Schneider Electric shares those ideals, developing solutions focused on efficiency to meet the challenges facing homeowners, including rising energy costs, frequent power disruptions and an increasing need for residential energy. By partnering on homes in this community, homeowners will benefit from solutions designed to address these specific issues. 

“Higher utility costs and intermittent power shut offs have become the reality for many California residents, significantly impacting their quality of life and that of their families,” said Richard Korthauer, Vice President, Home & Distribution, Schneider Electric. “From working and schooling from home to just managing their day-to-day activities, the demands for residential energy has never been higher. Together, we are helping KB Home meet this customer need with new innovations designed for today’s energy challenges, delivering safe, reliable and resilient power for homeowners.” 

Award winning innovation for homebuyers

KB Home’s Sundance at Park Circle community will include award-winning innovation from two industry leaders. KB Home is the only national builder to have earned awards under all of EPA’s homebuilder programs, including ENERGY STAR, WaterSense, which establishes water efficiency standards, and Indoor airPLUS, which focuses on indoor air quality. Schneider Electric’s Square D™ Energy Center won the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2020 Global Innovation Award for its ability to create a smarter, safer, more connected and more efficient home.

The Square D™ Energy Center seamlessly enables the convergence, scalability, and optimization of residential distributed energy resources, including utility power, solar power, energy storage, future smart home devices and generators. This solution empowers homeowners to take an active role in their home energy management, conveniently through the Wiser Energy app. Energy use can be monitored in real time, usage costs can be compared to utility rates for optimal savings and power sources can be easily changed to battery or generator backup sources ensuring resiliency. More than just a smart energy panel, this grid-to-plug solution also enhances safety with whole-home surge protection and custom alerts for potential issues, like when an oven has been left on unintentionally. 

This community will also be the first to feature Square D™ X Series and XD Series wiring devices. This line of connected light switches, dimmers and outlets will not only automate the home’s lighting, but also allow discrete control of power at the plug level.  With embedded sensors that monitor energy consumption, these devices complete the grid-to-plug solution offering greater insight into energy down to the device level, allowing homeowners to better optimize their energy use. These new devices raise the bar on aesthetics, safety and functionality, and are controllable from a smartphone or through Alexa and Google Home voice activation.

“The needs of our homebuyers have evolved in recent years, going beyond the smart home trends to focus on practical solutions that will make their homes safer, more comfortable, and more efficient,” said Dan Bridleman, KB Home’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing. “We are proud to be working with Schneider Electric to offer homeowners new solutions that are designed to seamlessly integrate innovative technology and convenient tools to help them take control of their home energy usage and create a more sustainable and resilient home.”

Sundance at Park Circle sales office and model homes are open for private in-person tours by appointment, and walk-in visits are welcome. Homebuyers also have the flexibility to arrange a live video tour with a sales counselor. For more information on KB Home, call 888-KB-Homes or visit kbhome.com.

For more information on these grid-to-plug innovations, please visit https://www.se.com/us/en/home/offers/connected-home/.

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