LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with seventeen 2016 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader awards. The awards recognize the important contribution KB Home has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building ENERGY STAR certified homes in all of its major markets nationwide last year. KB Home has built more than 96,000 ENERGY STAR homes since joining the program in 2000.
Collectively, these homes are estimated to save homeowners as much as $29 million on utility bills while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 34,000 passenger vehicles each year. Every ENERGY STAR certified home must meet rigorous requirements for energy efficiency set by the EPA and undergo third-party testing and verification. New KB homes that earn the ENERGY STAR label are up to 70% more efficient than typical existing homes built today.
“These awards represent KB Home’s commitment to energy efficiency at every level of our organization,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer of KB Home. “It is an honor to be recognized again by the EPA for the innovative and energy-efficient homes we build that help KB homeowners save energy and lower their overall cost of homeownership.”
Homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR label offer homebuyers a new home built with energy-efficiency features and a combination of materials and equipment that deliver better performance. Standard features include proper sealing and insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, a comprehensive water management system, and energy-efficient lighting and appliances. These value-adding features lead to a more comfortable, energy efficient, and durable home that will reduce utility and maintenance costs, while helping protect the environment.
“We’re proud to recognize ENERGY STAR partners such as KB Home who are leaders in designing and building better homes from the ground up,” said Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Third-party inspections and testing ensure homebuyers that their investment in an ENERGY STAR certified home will offer the peace of mind that their home will deliver superior energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for years to come.”
Together, families living in ENERGY STAR certified homes saved $628 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 700,000 vehicles last year alone. More than 82,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2015, and more than 1.6 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built since 1995.
About KB Home
KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and an industry leader in sustainability, building innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient new homes. Founded in 1957 and the first NYSE-listed homebuilder (ticker symbol: KBH), the company has built nearly 600,000 homes for families from coast to coast. Distinguished by its personalized homebuilding approach, KB Home lets each buyer choose their lot location, floor plan, décor choices, design features and other special touches that matter most to them. To learn more about KB Home, call 888-KB-HOMES, visit www.kbhome.com or connect on Facebook.com/KBHome or Twitter.com/KBHome.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save billions of dollars on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.