The future, it seems, is now -- at least in Lancaster, California, the eighth largest city in sunny Los Angeles County and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. What better place -- thought the heads of KH Homes, an American home builder, and BYD, a China-based maker of batteries -- to construct a solar-powered, smog-reducing home of the future? The result of the two companies' efforts is a trailblazing design for energy-efficient homes.
To help facilitate the joint pilot project, the Lancaster local government waived standard development fees and clear approvals for construction with unprecedented speed. Construction of the new wave eco-home began in March.
It appears every corner of this home was built with Mother Earth in mind. It's equipped with ultra-efficient LED lighting, solar panels (which are, like the batteries, made by BYD) and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station to power up cars.
But what makes this home so intriguing (at least to us) is the roof, which incorporates roofing tiles that actually reduce pollution. Here's how it works, according to USA Today:
The tiles have an embedded catalyst that when exposed to sunlight, speeds up oxidation and reduces the nitrogen oxide pollution that creates smog.
Did you get that? The roof has the potential to actually reduce smog! Get a few thousand of these roofs installed and who knows, the notoriously smoggy skies of Los Angeles may begin to brighten. Of course, time will tell -- we were unable to find any details on the rate at which the tiles absorb nitrogen oxide. But you have to admit, this new home offers the unique promise of generating clean power and cutting localized atmospheric pollution.
It is the first such roof in the United States. And the entire house itself was made following the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star guidelines. After a number of tours are given, the home of over 1,500-square-foot home will eventually be sold in the low $200,000 range.