At KB Home, we take Earth Day very seriously. In fact, we’re so hyped about sustainability that we’ve decided to turn it into a month-long festivity.
It all started ten years ago, when KB Home made the decision to start sharing an annual Sustainability Report, which reports on the positive impact that the company generates through its bold commitment to sustainability programs.
It was this moment we committed to building 100% of our new homes with ENERGY STAR® standards – an unparalleled move by a major homebuilder in the US. This Earth Month, we invite you to celebrate these important milestones from our history with us, and challenge you to join us in protecting our planet.
Feel free to access our Sustainability Report here, where you’ll read about some of our achievements in 2016, such as, building more than 100,000 ENERGY STAR® homes, 11,000 Water Smart® and WaterSense® labeled new homes, 5,100 solar-powered homes, 12 ZeroHouse 2.0 homes and over 150 LEED Platinum homes.
Our philosophy at KB Home is that sustainability presents a win-win-win opportunity (our planet, our homeowners and our stakeholders). With that in mind, our homes are estimated to have collectively prevented greenhouse emissions equivalent to 335,000 passenger vehicles and conserved 1.2 billion gallons of water annually. This amounts to utility bill savings of more than $577 million when compared to utility costs for typical resale homes.
Whoa, that was a mouthful of big numbers!
When we say sustainability in homebuilding, what we really mean is that we aim to build smart, healthy homes that are energy- and water- efficient while reducing waste. Our flagship project in the year 2016, the Greenbuild KB Home Projekt exemplifies our emphasis on the principles of sustainability,, providing a vision for what the home of the future might look.
All of KB Home’s sustainable efforts were well-recognized by the industry third-party environmental and sustainability leaders, be it the RESNET® President’s Award for Leadership in Sustainable Building Practices (for the 4th consecutive year), or the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award (for the 7th consecutive year). And there’s still so much more to celebrate!
One thing we love doing at KB Home is celebrating with our homeowners. We kicked things off with sharing a special surprise with the Reyes Family in Phoenix, but it doesn’t stop there! We’ve also launched an #EarthDaySelfie activity on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, where you could potentially win a $1199 ZERA Food Recycler, developed by WLabs. This brand-new product has yet to hit the market, so when it comes out in Summer 2017, one lucky winner will get to be one of the very first people on this planet to experience this exciting product! All you need to do to participate is:
Aim, Shoot and Share! Basically, take a selfie while engaging in your favorite sustainable activity, or share what’s your sustainable pledge this year – or your favorite spot in nature to enjoy the planet’s many bountiful wonders. When you share your photo on social, be sure to tag it with #EarthDaySelfie and #KBHSweepstakes and that’s all! We’ll be collecting submissions and will be picking one lucky winner randomly in a draw. Terms and Conditions Apply, and you could read them here.
Let’s start snapping and let’s celebrate 10 years of sustainable practices and activities!