uploads///KB Home Green

KB Home’s green initiative: A leader in energy-efficient homes


Jul. 8 2014, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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.

Sustainability guiding principles

KB Home releases a sustainability report every year. Its guiding principles are:

Article continues below advertisement
  • “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).


More From Market Realist

  • CONNECT with Market Realist
  • Link to Facebook
  • Link to Twitter
  • Link to Instagram
  • Link to Email Subscribe
Market RealistLogo
Do Not Sell My Personal Information

© Copyright 2021 Market Realist. Market Realist is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.