Notable homebuilder KB Home has released its ninth annual Sustainability Report, an Earth Day tradition that began in 2008.
The company was the first major homebuilder in the U.S. to release this type of report and has remained dedicated to the concept of sustainability throughout its career. According to its website, the report provides “details how KB Home is lessening the environmental impact of our business and our homes and increasing awareness of how each of us can make a difference every day.”
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Each annual report, released on Earth Day every year, covers KB Home’s sustainability initiatives and activities from the previous year. During 2015, KB Home notably achieved lowering the average Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) Index Score of its new homes. This was the eighth straight year of this accomplishment, a feat that enhances the water efficiency of KB Home projects while increasing emphasis on healthier indoor living environments and communities.
KB Home’s building record was also detailed in the report. During 2015, the company built more than 95,000 Energy Star certified homes, 10,000 Water Smart and WaterSense labeled new homes, 4,200 solar-powered homes, 12 ZeroHouse 2.0 and Double ZeroHouse 3.0 project homes and 150-plus LEED Platinum homes.
These homes’ sustainability initiatives conserve 1.1 billion gallons of water annually and saved clients more than $28 million in utility bills.
“KB Home is proud to publish our ninth annual Sustainability Report on Earth Day,” says Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer of KB Home, in a press release. “We believe our consistent commitment to sustainable homebuilding for nearly a decade has made a meaningful, real-world contribution to the health of the environment and the lives of our homebuyers by helping them to conserve critical natural resources and reduce their carbon footprint. While there is much more work to do, we are pleased with our progress on our goals.”
By analyzing reports such as KB Home’s, builders can learn what works best for saving money and saving the planet using energy efficient tech.
You can view the entire report here.
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