Go Green When You Buy Your Next Home

KB Home unveiled a new community of energy-efficient homes.

ByABC News via logo
May 25, 2011, 7:34 PM

May 30, 2011— -- While the U.S. housing market remains in flux because of high employment and record foreclosures, KB Home, one of America's premier home builders, has found success in building and marketing homes and properties that are green and environmentally-friendly.

On May 17, KB Home unveiled the Primera Terra, the largest Leed Platinum-certified residential community in California. Leed, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Leed-certified homes typically use 20 to 30 percent less energy than other new or resale homes, but some homes using up to 60 percent less energy.


Along with the Primera Terra, on May 18 KB Home launched Springwood, the nation's first home community to earn the Environmental Protection Agency's certified WaterSense labels. Originally launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices. The WaterSense program provides a blueprint for homes that help homeowners save water and energy. KB Home has embraced this blueprint and brought it into the housing market.

Springwood, located in Roseville, Calif., a Sacramento suburb, includes four floor plans that range in size from 1,774 to 2,597 square feet, with up to six bedrooms and three baths. The homes start at $255,000.

The newly completed Springwood homes are at the forefront of using water-saving technologies, with each home saving up to 50,000 gallons of water a year -- both inside and out -- enough to fill five residential swimming pools.