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Overview

Over the course of our nearly two-decade sustainability journey, we have progressively developed a deep and dynamic portfolio of programs and initiatives that we believe is unmatched in our industry in its breadth, strength, flexibility and growth potential. The steady, organic expansion of our sustainability commitment has become fundamental to how we operate and a core element of the distinct value we offer to our customers, trade partners and other stakeholders.

We are proud that our long-standing vision has led to recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving the historic national milestone of building the most ENERGY STAR® certified homes of any homebuilder. This success, like every achievement in our company’s history, is the result of our enduring relationships.

Over a decade ago, we created the KB Home National Advisory Board (NAB) to formalize our stakeholder input process and determine which key issues to focus on in our business and our public reporting. We continue to gather input and insight through our bi-annual NAB meetings and refine our priorities. In addition, we have an Environmental Leadership Team, led by our Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Sustainability, which convenes on a regular basis to discuss sustainability strategies, craft and refine Company policies and initiatives, and ensure alignment with leaders across all of our operating regions and major functional departments.

Our sustainability efforts are focused on two key areas where we believe our business can make the most significant positive impact:

Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Water Conservation

Approximately 85% of the energy consumed during the multi-decade lifecycle of a home—including the initial raw material extraction, manufacturing and construction—comes from day-to-day living. That’s why the primary focus of our GHG reduction strategy is to build highly energy-efficient homes that are expected to provide reductions in GHG emissions in their daily operations for decades to come. This also has the benefit of integrating our product sustainability strategy with our customers’ needs by lowering the cost of homeownership through lower utility bills, which also provides social and community benefits. Our highly energy-efficient ENERGY STAR certified homes achieve a 20% improvement on average compared to homes built to current code, and even more compared to resale homes, making a meaningful contribution to GHG reduction over the long term. We are also steadily increasing the number of homes we build with renewable energy capability through solar photovoltaic power systems. These features also decrease the cost of home ownership through lower utility bills, saving our homeowners an estimated average of $1,300 annually on utility bills compared to resale homes.

Water Conservation Water Conservation

As a builder operating in some of the most water-challenged regions of the U.S., we prioritize water conservation. Water availability is an important consideration for local governments in approving new-home developments. We provide water-saving features in our homes that reduce our customers’ water bills and may help to mitigate strain on local communities. Our proactive leadership in this area enables us to effectively address water-related concerns and help preserve this critical resource.

For detailed information on KB Home’s sustainability initiatives, we invite you to review our 2019 Sustainability Report.