KB Home makes solar standard on some houses

kb-home-solarKB Home, one of America’s largest homebuilders, has announced a new initiative to provide solar power systems for its new homes as a standard feature in 10 Southern California communities.

While KB Home has provided solar power systems as an option for its homebuyers in select communities in California and Colorado for a number of years, this is the first time it will build entire communities featuring solar power systems for every home.

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KB Home has already begun offering the solar power systems at its Newbury at the Enclave community in Eastvale, Manzanita at Paseo del Sol community in Temecula and Monterey at Otay Ranch community in Chula Vista. Five additional Southern California communities featuring solar power systems for every home will open over the next sixty days, and two more are expected to open in the fall of 2011.

“If consumers respond as positively as we expect to the tremendous financial and environmental advantages of these homes in the marketplace, we plan to expand this industry-leading initiative to our other markets across the country,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer of KB Home.

To better illustrate the advantages of owning a new energy-efficient KB home, last month the company announced it is now including the KB Home Energy Performance Guide™ (EPG) in all of its new homes. Similar to an MPG sticker on cars, the KB Home EPG provides KB homebuyers with estimated monthly electric and gas costs for their new KB home as designed, as well as valuable information on the home’s relative energy efficiency when compared to a typical new home or resale home.

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