Mass Market Builder Honored for Sustainable Building Practices
For the fourth year in a row, KB Home has received the prestigious RESNET President’s Award for American Production Builders for building the most homes with a HERS Index score of 53 or lower in the United States in 2016.
Created by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), this award recognizes homebuilder efforts to build highly energy-efficient homes. Since the award’s inception, KB Home remains the only recipient of the President’s Award for American Production Builders.
In celebration of this achievement and KB Home’s continued excellence in sustainability, a KB Home team was on hand to accept the award at the 2017 RESNET Conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona. This accomplishment comes on the heels of KB Home’s significant milestone of building its 100,000th ENERGY STAR certified home.
The HERS index is based on several variables that affect the energy efficiency of a home, including exterior walls, attic, windows and doors, heating and cooling systems, ductwork, water heating systems, lighting and appliances. With the HERS index, lower scores signify greater energy efficiency, generally resulting in reduced natural resource consumption and utility bills compared to homes with higher scores. For example, on average, a homeowner living in a KB home in Phoenix with a HERS Index score of 53 can potentially save up to $1,500 annually, compared to typical existing homes, which have a baseline HERS Index Score of 130.
Having partnered with the ENERGY STAR program since 2000 and committed to building all of its homes to this rigorous standard since 2009, KB’s new homes consistently score relatively well on the HERS Index. KB Home’s best scoring home built in 2016 was in Phoenix, Arizona, which achieved an impressive HERS score of 31. This highly-efficient ENERGY STAR certified home included a solar photovoltaic system, and can potentially save the homeowner up to $2,600 a year in energy bills.