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65 years.
650,000 homeowners

A history of firsts that have expanded the American Dream

1957

Eli Broad and Donald Kaufman launch Kaufman and Broad Building Company, with an innovative idea to build slab homes that make homeownership more affordable for first-time buyers. In the first year, the company reports sales of $1.7 million.

Goes public, raising $1.8 million in its initial public offering

1961

Introduces innovative “Townehouse” designs to appeal to people who would normally rent rather than buy

1962

Establishes its own mortgage company to offer financing directly to customers

1965
1967

First homebuilder to offer limited warranties on their homes

 

Kaufman and Broad establishes a design and development department dedicated to researching homebuilding preferences

First homebuilder to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange

1969

Introduces its first energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home designs in the wake of the oil crisis

1976

First homebuilder to reach the 100,000 home mark

1977

Introduces “The California Series” of homes across California, improving economies of scale, leveraging consistent corporate image and increasing brand awareness

1985
1992

Begins using television advertising to directly reach first-time homebuyers, supported by a national customer marketing phone center

1996

Introduces new business model, now called KB Edge, offering built-to-order homes with exceptional personalization at an affordable price

Opens first design showrooms, now known as KB Home Design Studios

1997

Builds first ENERGY STAR® certified home

2000

Rebrands as KB Home, with focus on building one home at a time for one family at a time

2001
2008

First national homebuilder to publish an annual sustainability report

 

Commits to build 100% EPA ENERGY STAR certified new homes

 

2010

First national homebuilder to build EPA WaterSense-labeled homes

2011

Opens first all-solar communities

 

Unveils one of the first net-zero energy production homes in California

2015

Wins EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Award

2019

Builds 10,000th solar-powered home

2019

Builds 10,000th solar-powered home

2020

Achieves distinction of #1 customer-ranked national homebuilder

2021

Achieves 49 average HERS score, the lowest published score in the industry, making the company the #1 energy-efficient national homebuilder

 

Named to the Wall Street Journal’s Management 250 list of the 250 most efficient and effectively managed companies in the country

2022

Only national builder named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for the second consecutive year

 

Named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers By Forbes, earning a place in the top 10% of all companies listed

 

Recognized among “World’s Most Admired Companies” on Fortune’s 2022 list, a ranking of the most respected and reputable companies in the world

 

Builds 165,000th ENERGY STAR® certified homes, more than any other builder

 

Wins 12th consecutive ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award and 7th consecutive WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award

 

Sets new industry record by earning and unprecedented 28 EPA ENERGY STAR® Market Leader Awards, more than any other homebuilder

 

Becomes first national homebuilder to commit to EPA’s highest water-efficiency standards in drought-stricken Arizona, California and Nevada