March 9 The largest homebuilders in the U.S., as well as many smaller builders, are including green features as standard in their homes, USA Today reports on its website.
Homebuilding giant Lennar this week announced it will offer its PowerSmartSM Home in the 16 states where it builds. The homes will include efficient heating and cooling, lighting, appliances and windows. They're designed to cut energy use by 40%, reports USA Today.
Other large homebuilders, including Beazer Homes, KB Home and Pulte Homes are also adding green features.
Beazer will include additional air sealing, insulation and energy-efficient windows, as well as a home energy monitor and programmable thermostat.
KB Home will build all its new homes in Northern California to meet the energy efficiency standards of Build It Green a non-profit California-based rating program.
Many homes from Pulte Homes include smart thermostats, high-efficiency toilers and other energy-efficient features. The company's Villa Trieste development in Las Vegas, which includes rooftop solar panels, recently won the USGBC 2009 product builder award.