Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Microgrids, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables - May 19, 2023
KB Home Adds Solar, Microgrids
KB Home, a homebuilder, launched the first residential microgrid communities of all-electric, energy-smart homes in California.
In 2022, KB Home also delivered its 17,500th solar home, achieving 57 cumulative megawatts of solar power installed and producing an estimated total of 97 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually.
The company announced it has maintained its position as the #1 energy-efficient national homebuilder based on a national average Residential Energy Services Network Home Energy Rating System (RESNET® HERS®) index score of 48 and reached a new record of over 175,000 high-performance ENERGY STAR® certified homes built, reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 6.9 billion pounds.
KB Homes also became the first national homebuilder to commit in July 2022 to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest water-efficiency standards for its new communities built in drought-impacted Arizona, California and Nevada.
By 2025, the company is targeting a national average HERS score of 45, down from 50 in 2020. Based on achieving this score, the company would reduce the estimated GHG emissions of its average home built in 2025 by 0.5 metric tons per year, or 8%, compared to its average home built in 2020.
Details were given in its 16th Annual Sustainability Report.
“KB Home has maintained a steady course toward greater sustainability for nearly two decades. During this time, sustainability has been an operational driver enabling us to reduce the total cost of homeownership and expand our reach with our core first-time and first-move up homebuyers as we also strive to do the right thing for the planet and our business,” said Jeffrey Mezger, KB Home Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, in a statement.