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Building Beyond Standard

KB Home has been a staple in home sustainability since 2000

Los Angeles-based KB Home has its footprint in 45 markets across the country, including eight different states and totaling up to over 650,000 homes built. As one of the largest homebuilders in the country, KB Home has put an emphasis on building homes with greener designs and quality construction. One of its values focuses on building homes that make lives better. 

After the completion of its first ENERGY STAR-certified home in 2000, KB made it their mission to guarantee that every home it built moving forward would be ENERGY STAR certified. Since then, KB has built upwards of 150,000 ENERGY STAR-certified homes, which according to their website is the most by any builder. 

Indoor air quality is another focal point when it comes to KB’s building standards. In July 2020, the homebuilder announced that MERV-13 rated air filters would now be available in all of its new communities. KB says that the filters capture 90% of airborne particles as small as 1.0 micron and are designed to remove dust, pollen, mold and certain bacteria and viruses for better indoor air quality. 

“We know that improved indoor air quality matters more than ever to our homebuyers, and we are committed to offering the latest advancements in healthier home living,” KB Home Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Mezger said in a press release. “Constructing healthier homes has been a key priority for us for many years. Adopting the latest in air filtration technology at every new KB Home community demonstrates our continued leadership in supporting the health and well-being of our homeowners.”

The builder has been a participant of many programs through the Environmental Protection Agency, including WaterSense and Indoor airPLUS. In March 2020, KB Home joined the Well Living Lab Alliance, which is a collaboration with Mayo Clinic and Delos that focuses on indoor environments and its impact on health.

“We know that improved indoor air quality matters more than ever to our homebuyers, and we are committed to offering the latest advancements in healthier home living.” Jeffrey Mezger, CEO and President, KB Home

“In joining the Well Living Lab Alliance, KB Home will support the advancement of science to generate evidence-based findings that can be used to benefit our customers in the future,” Mezger said in a news release. “KB Home is actively engaged in developing cutting-edge solutions that can elevate the health and comfort of our homebuyers, and our participation in the Well Living Lab Alliance underscores that commitment.”

At press time, KB has announced the grand openings for 15 communities in 2022, including The Enclaves at Desert Oasis in Surprise, Ariz., Williams Pointe in Seffner, Fla., and Allegro in Elk Grove, Calif. 

Most recently, the builder was named to Newsweek’s 2022 List of America’s Most Trusted Companies. Companies on this list were chosen based on a survey of 50,000 U.S. residents who rated companies they know based on customer trust, investor trust and employee trust.. Among other recognitions, KB has also earned a spot in Newsweek’s list of Most Responsible Companies for 2021 and 2022; Fortune’s List of “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 2022; and one of America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes for 2022.

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