Each KB Home offers products and features that contribute to sustainability and help conserve valuable resources. This results in long-term savings on expenses and a contribution to environmental responsibility.
Every KB home is ENERGY STAR® qualified and includes features designed to help save you money, such as effective insulation in the floors, walls and attic; high-performance, energy-efficient windows; tight construction and ducts to seal the home; efficient heating and cooling equipment; radiant barrier roofing; and ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. To make your home even more energy efficient, you can choose additional options at the KB Home Studio, including insulated garage doors and air conditioning systems that conserve energy by targeting specific areas.
Our Energy Performance Guide (EPG®) compares an estimate of your monthly energy costs vs. a typical resale home, showing the advantages of the many built-in energy-efficient features of a KB home. You can also choose from other quality, environmentally conscious products that our partner companies offer.
Your KB Home is rated on the HERS® Index scoring system, which evaluates how efficiently a home performs. Look for the Entergy Cost Comparison PDF on the floor plan of your choice to compare energy efficiency of your KB Home to the typical new or resale home. Since each KB Home is built with energy efficiency in mind, you can expect a lower HERS score. The lower the score, the more money you can expect to save over the long term.
KB Home was the first national builder to partner with U.S. EPA's WaterSense® for New Homes program in 2010 and completed the first WaterSense-labeled homes in the country at a community in its Northern California division. As a 2011 WaterSense Partner of the Year, KB Home also includes water-conserving products in all of its new homes. All faucets, showerheads and toilets included in KB homes are WaterSense labeled. And at the KB Home Studio, you can select additional options, including water-conserving washers and dishwashers, low-flow plumbing fixtures and faucets, high-efficiency toilets, hot water recirculation systems, and on-demand hot water systems.
California and Nevada are facing water shortages. That's why KB Home is a part of two innovative water conservation initiatives. One is California Friendly landscaping homes, throughout our California communities feature California-native, drought-tolerant plants. These homes also include the latest generation of irrigation systems with programmable "smart timers" that deliver streaming water in gallons per hour instead of gallons per minute and even turn off automatically if it rains. In Nevada, KB Home has partnered with the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association to create the first Water Smart Home, which saves up to 75,000 gallons of water per year. Since 2005, the majority of homes we have built in the greater Las Vegas area have been Water Smart Homes.
KB Home offers products that use the latest technologies to increase water and indoor air quality, and keep you safe when you're indoors. More options are available at the KB Home Studio, including water purification and softener systems, direct-vent fireplaces and appliances, and fresh-air exchange vents.
As a standard, every KB home includes construction materials and products that contain recycled or recyclable materials. Additional sustainable construction options, such as insulation, carpeting and decking, are available at the KB Home Studio.
Our KB Home Sustainability Report 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.