KB Home’s green initiative: A leader in energy-efficient homes
KB Home is a leader in energy-efficient homes
KB Home (KBH) is a believer in sustainability. The company has taken the lead in developing energy-efficient homes. It has been able to build a four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home that has an average energy bill of less than $100 a month. It has been expanding its ZeroHouse 2.0 program, which strives to build a home that will have projected energy costs of zero.
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Sustainability guiding principles
KB Home releases a sustainability report every year. Its guiding principles are:
- “Offer environmentally friendly and affordably priced homes, products, and features that minimize our homeowners’ carbon footprint and energy usage, conserve natural resources and create more sustainable homes and communities.”
- “Utilize our history of innovation and our process-driven approach to reduce waste and natural resource usage throughout our organization.”
- “Be an active and responsible member of the communities in which we operate.”
- “Be an environmental educator for all our employees, homebuyers and business partners regarding home energy conservation and environmental sustainability.”
- “Maintain our standards of transparency and corporate citizenship by publicly reporting on the progress in and challenges to our sustainability efforts.”
Specific measures to make homes more sustainable include:
- Installation of Energy Star appliances in all homes and adherence to the new Energy Star Version 3 standards
- Continuing to provide solar panel installation as a standard or optional feature in selected markets—also, it continues to explore future ways to facilitate offering solar power systems in more homes
- Providing an energy monitoring system in every home as a standard feature to increase homeowners’ awareness of their consumption—this can result in additional energy savings of up to 10%
- Improving indoor air quality with low-VOC paints
- Continuing to promote its WaterSense-labeled new homes, which consume less water
- Expanding low-water-usage landscaping standards
KB advertises, as the above graph shows, the projected energy savings a homeowner could expect to achieve under its green initiatives. This initiative gives KB an advantage over other homebuilders like D.R. Horton (DHI), Lennar (LEN), PulteGroup (PHM), and Toll Brothers (TOL).