KB Home recognized by EPA with third consecutive WaterSense Partner of the Year for its water-saving initiatives; company remains only builder to have received this title
October 8, 2013
– For the third consecutive year, KB Home receives highest EPA recognition for water conservation achievements
KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the nation’s largest and most recognized homebuilders and an industry leader in building water-efficient homes, has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a WaterSense® Partner of the Year for the third time in as many years. The company remains the first and only builder to earn the prestigious title. The WaterSense Partner of the Year awards program recognizes organizations that demonstrate overall excellence in their water-saving initiatives and spread awareness about the value of a WaterSense label.
KB Home first partnered with the WaterSense program in 2009 to include WaterSense labeled fixtures as standard features in all its new homes, and became the first homebuilder to construct homes to EPA’s WaterSense New Home specification in 2010. To date, KB Home has built the most WaterSense labeled new homes in the country.
“KB Home is proud to once again achieve the WaterSense Partner of the Year designation for our continued innovation in the important area of water efficiency,” said Dan Bridleman, senior vice president of Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing for KB Home. “Water is a truly limited resource for which there is no substitute or guarantee of replenishment, and KB Home remains committed to building homes that help conserve water and educating our customers about the financial and environmental benefits of WaterSense labeled products.”
In addition to water-efficient products, EPA’s WaterSense program offers a national label that helps Americans identify homes that save water, energy and money on utility bills. In 2012 alone, WaterSense labeled products and new homes helped Americans save more than 202 billion gallons of water, or the amount of water needed to supply all the homes in Colorado for one year.
“All of our WaterSense partners have taken steps to reduce our nation’s water use, but several stood out in 2012 for their commitment to the WaterSense program and collaborative efforts to promote WaterSense-labeled products, new homes and outreach and educational programs,” said EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner. “We are pleased to honor KB Home for their efforts that support our mission to protect the future of our nation’s water supply.”
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 the most recent 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.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 billion in water and energy bills.
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