MiTek Joins Hanley Wood, KB Home, and ENTEKRA to Implement Advanced Off-Site Framing in the KB Home ProjeKt

KB Home ProjeKt Demonstrates Advanced Technology and Processes to
Dramatically Reduce Building Cycle Time and Deliver Precision Quality

CHESTERFIELD, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ENTEKRA–MiTek® Industries, a Berkshire
Hathaway
company is a sponsor and participant in the 2019 BUILDER
Concept Home in Henderson, NV, called KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow
Lives
.


KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives is a forward-looking
concept home that breaks new ground in homebuilding through innovative
partnerships. It is led by KB Home, the industry leader in
sustainability and innovation. With a solid conviction that the best way
to predict the future is to create it, the Projekt team aims to
re-envision the homebuyer’s experience of home and community. ProjeKt
represents the ultimate exploration of health, wellness, attainability
and sustainability in a volume homebuilding framework. This
best-in-class home will be revealed January 2019 at Inspirada in Las
Vegas.

The off-site construction framing process of this KB Home ProjeKt
incorporates 3D-modeled and advanced panelized framing. Using a highly
collaborative approach, the design and construction teams accounted for
all the framing details, as well as the MEP placement and HVAC
optimization in the building process. Overall, KB Home ProjeKt
demonstrates the viability of a highly accelerated construction pace
when moving from “dirt to dry-in.”

The dramatic shortening of traditional home framing cycle times is only
possible through a truly collaborative effort across all disciplines.
This is enabled in part by MiTek’s SAPPHIRE® suite of 3D
structural component design and manufacturing software, ENTEKRA’s
engineered integration, and manufacturing by Better
Built Truss
and Desert
Truss
using MiTek automated truss manufacturing equipment.

Additionally, MiTek’s SAPPHIRE Build Portal provided a central
digital repository to track and maintain version control of documents
and plans associated with the KB Home ProjeKt. MiTek’s Hardy
Frame®
and USP®
Structural Connectors
are featured as well, and MiTek’s Wrightsoft
Corporation’s Production
Home Design Service Group
created the optimized HVAC system design
to optimize the home’s comfort, efficiency, and indoor air quality.
MiTek’s SAPPHIRE structural BIM model of the home was also central to
Wrightsoft’s design for the highly efficient system and its layout.

About the KB Home ProjeKt

The KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives home will be revealed
in the Inspirada master-planned community in Henderson, Nevada in
January 2019. Visit www.builderonline.com/kbhomeprojekt
to stay up-to-date with the KB Home ProjeKt developments.

For this concept home, ENTEKRA coordinated the off-site integration
process, and facilitated the panelized design, truss engineering, and
construction logistics of the floor, roof, and wall panel components.
Truss and panel design and manufacturing were enabled by MiTek’s
SAPPHIRE design and process-management software solutions, which also
drive MiTek’s automated equipment to create the final structural
components.

“This home demonstrated how currently-available technologies can be
pushed to high levels, and still be an efficient solution in homes of
any size. Off-site design and framing methods like this, coupled with
the cycle-time reduction they create, are key to solving the continuing
framing labor shortage and the lack of new housing,” said Gregg Renner,
MiTek’s Senior Vice President, Global Residential Marketing. “MiTek’s
technology, featuring the 3D structural framing software and automated
manufacturing, integrates the off-site process from design all the way
through to the manufacturing and final jobsite assembly of the framing.
This project is a strong example of all of that at work, and MiTek
couldn’t be happier to be a key player with this great team and this
project.”

About ENTEKRA

ENTEKRA™ is a California-based design, engineering, and manufacturing
company that provides a fully integrated off-site solution (FIOSS™) for
both residential and commercial construction. Learn more: http://www.entekra.com/

About MiTek Industries

MiTek Industries is a diversified global supplier of software,
engineered products, services, and equipment to the residential,
commercial, and industrial, construction sectors. MiTek Industries’
passion for our associates’ well-being and for our customers’ success is
the company’s hallmark. A Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: brk-a,
NYSE: brk-b)
since 2001, the Company has operations in more than 40 countries on six
continents. Learn more: www.Mii.com

About KB Home

KB Home (NYSE:
KBH
) is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, with
more than 600,000 homes delivered since its founding in 1957. KB Home
operates in 35 markets in 7 states, primarily serving first-time and
first move-up homebuyers, as well as active adults. KB Home is
differentiated in offering customers the ability to personalize what
they value most in their home, from choosing their lot, floor plan, and
exterior, to selecting design and décor choices in our KB Home Studios.
In addition, KB Home is an industry leader in sustainability, building
innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient homes. KB Home invites
you to learn more by visiting www.kbhome.com,
calling 888-KB-HOMES, or connecting on Facebook.com/KBHome or
Twitter.com/KBHome.

About Wrightsoft

Founded in 1985, Wrightsoft
provides Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)-approved
software that combines residential and commercial energy load
calculation with design functionality in a single, proprietary program
known as Right-Suite Universal®. This technology allows the HVAC
contractor to properly calculate energy loads, accurately design and
size HVAC systems, efficiently produce parts takeoff lists and
proposals, and generate all necessary professional documentation and
reports. Learn more: www.Wrightsoft.com

Contacts

For MiTek
John D. Wagner
Jdwagner@WagnerPR.com

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