Community Risk: Smog-eating tile roofs being offered by KB Homes

by Riverside Press-Enterprise

It is a green home-building feature that is particularly fitting for Southern California: a concrete tile roof that neutralizes the smog-forming nitrogen oxides spewed into the air by automobiles. Hoping to attract environmentally concerned homebuyers, KB Home, based in Los Angeles, has joined forces with Boral Roofing, the Irvine-based manufacturer of what is being called “smog-eating tile.” After getting enthusiastic responses from the public during an initial demonstration of the special roof last summer in Lancaster, KB Home, a national homebuilder, in January began offering it in all of its housing developments in Southern California, including about 25 in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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