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EPA Names KB Home a 2011 WaterSense Partner of the Year

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Industry leader in sustainability recognized for building nation's first WaterSense labeled new homes and helping homeowners save money</b> </p>

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

EPA Names KB Home a 2011 WaterSense Partner of the Year08:00 EDT Tuesday, October 11, 2011 LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) -- KB Home (NYSE:KBH), one of America's premier homebuilders, has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 2011 WaterSense® Partner of the Year. The Built to Order™ homebuilder was the first to partner with WaterSense in 2009 to include WaterSense labeled fixtures as standard features of its new homes. KB Home led the way once again in 2010 by becoming the first builder to construct homes to EPA's WaterSense New Home Specification. In addition, all KB homes built today include WaterSense labeled faucets, showerheads and toilets. “Water conservation has been an important part of our environmental sustainability efforts for many years,” said Dan Bridleman, senior vice president of Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing, who was presented the award during last week's WaterSmart Innovations Conference held in Las Vegas, Nev. “We are pleased to be recognized for our pioneering efforts with the WaterSense program and look forward to continuing to support water efficiency programs and offer water-efficient products that can help our homeowners save money while also conserving such a precious natural resource.” EPA's WaterSense program offers a national label for water-efficient new homes that helps Americans identify homes that save water, energy and money on utility bills. According to EPA estimates, a family of four can save 50,000 gallons of water a year in a new WaterSense labeled home when compared to a typical existing home. That's enough water to do 1,200 loads of laundry, take showers for nearly a decade or fill five residential swimming pools. “WaterSense helps marshal the forces of the consumer marketplace and the innovative capacity of the private sector,” said Nancy Stoner, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. “Since 2006, WaterSense and our many partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gallons of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills.” 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 a 2010 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. KB HomeCara Kane, 321-299-6844ckane@kbhome.com