KB Home and the Well Living Lab—an entity founded as a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic—have announced the unveiling of a concept home designed to educate customers on the potential health benefits of a new KB home with health-related products and technologies.
The home is located at the builder’s new Santolina at South Mountain community in Phoenix, which was chosen because of its proximity to the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale campus.
“The Well Living Lab and KB Home share a commitment to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families,” says Dr. Véronique Roger, research director of the Well Living Lab and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Mayo Clinic.
“Americans spend 90% of their time indoors—perhaps even more so now with the pandemic. It’s more important than ever to ensure our home environments are as healthy as they can be.”
Concept Home Drives Wellness Research
KB Home and the Well Living Lab‘s new “Healthy Living” concept home in Phoenix will foster The Well Living Lab’s efforts to research wellness. The companies state the concept home is the first Arizona scientific laboratory to conduct and apply human-centered research to understand the interaction between health, well-being and indoor environments.
The Well Living Lab Healthy Home program focuses on the impact of the home environment on physical and mental health, sleep and performance, and provides a unique opportunity to translate and apply scientific discoveries that may improve the health and well-being of people in homes.
KB Home asserts that it is the first homebuilder to join the Well Living Lab Alliance, which is a consortium of global organizations aspiring to transform the places where people live, work and play.
The concept home demonstrates the potential health benefits of a new KB home through the latest advancements in design and construction materials. The concept home also features four micro environments, informed by research from the Well Living Lab and its scientific collaborators. These micro environments showcase health-focused products and technologies and can be viewed by visiting the community or by virtual tour.
KB Home notes its collaboration with the Well Living Lab for the concept home will highlight several benefits of smart homes and wellness:
Health Remote Check-Up: Engages smart devices to measure health status and key biometrics of people in the home. Using a wellness intelligence ecosystem, the home environment can be adjusted to enhance aspects of health, such as sleep.
MindBreaks Room: Offers a personalized wellness space that uses immersive audio and visual content intended to increase energy, reduce stress, enhance mood, improve focus and boost performance.
Safer Living: Showcases products and technologies designed to reduce virus transmission. This includes many products that come standard in a new KB home and others that are available at the KB Home Design Studio.
Home Office: Features products and technologies that depict elements of a supportive home office, such as ergonomically correct furnishings and flexible office products. It also showcases the new KB Home Office, which is described as a dedicated room that can be personalized for a productive work environment.