KB Home earns awards in all of its markets nationwide for building
new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
KB Home is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a company-record fourteen
2012 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Awards. The awards recognize the
important contribution KB Home has made to energy-efficient construction
and environmental protection by building ENERGY STAR qualified homes in
all of its 32 major markets nationwide. KB Home has built more than
68,000 ENERGY STAR homes since joining the program in 2000. It has also
committed to continuing its participation in the program by following
the new ENERGY STAR Version 3 guidelines for all homes built in 2012.
"Our companywide dedication to the ENERGY STAR program, and most
recently, the updated Version 3 standards, is a testament to our belief
that an energy-efficient home has benefits for both our customers and
the environment," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive
officer of KB Home. "I am proud to say that each and every one of our
operating divisions has been recognized with a 2012 ENERGY STAR
Leadership in Housing Award."
KB Home currently builds ENERGY STAR qualified homes in all of its 32
major markets and received the awards for the homes it built last year
in Southern California, Northern California, Las Vegas, Arizona, New
Mexico, Colorado, Central Texas, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Central
Florida, Jacksonville, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Washington
D.C. area. According to EPA estimates, the 5,677 ENERGY STAR qualified
homes KB Home built in 2011 could help those homeowners save over $2.5
million dollars on utility bills each year, while avoiding greenhouse
gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 2,800 vehicles.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy
efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes
are at least 20% more efficient than standard new homes built today.
"ENERGY STAR builder partners offer new homes that are designed and
built to standards well above most others on the market today" said
Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA's ENERGY STAR Residential Branch.
"Because ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo rigorous independent
inspections and testing, homebuyers who choose ENERGY STAR can be
confident that their new home will offer real energy efficiency,
comfort, durability, and value for years to come."
Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR and partners, Americans
saved nearly $400 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse
gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 510,000 vehicles. More
than 1.3 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States
since the program first began labeling homes in 1995.
About KB Home
KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies
in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the company has built
more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to
Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot
location to floor plan and design features. In addition to meeting
strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB homes are highly
energy efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for homeowners,
which the company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy
Performance Guide® (EPG®). A leader in utilizing
state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, KB Home was named the
#1 Green Homebuilder in a 2010 study by Calvert Investments and the #1
Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies
list. Los Angeles-based KB Home was the first homebuilder listed on the
New York Stock Exchange, and trades under the ticker symbol "KBH." For
more information about KB Home's new home communities, call 888-KB-HOMES
or visit www.kbhome.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers
businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy,
money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than
127,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in
2011, by partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of
products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about
ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov
or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
Martha Finkley, 310-231-4130
Source: KB Home
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