KB Home Sets Standard for Energy Savings

With an increasing focus on green building practices industry-wide, many homebuyers are now seeking houses with energy-efficient features. A number of builders are working to provide their customers with affordable options to help them achieve the lifestyles they desire.

KB Home—one of the largest homebuilders in the United States—now offers LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing as a standard feature on all of its new Built to Order™ homes throughout the United States. This ENERGY STAR® certified radiant barrier roof sheathing can help homeowners save up to 17 percent on monthly cooling costs.

“It is often the things you can’t see in a new home that make the most difference when it comes to energy efficiency,” said Jeffery Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. “Including LP TechShield Sheathing in our attics at no added cost to our homebuyers is just one more way we are helping save money and the environment.”

Because LP TechShield Sheathing blocks up to 97 percent of radiant heat in the panel from entering the attic, including the radiant barrier can reduce attic temperatures by up to 30 degrees and decrease the tonnage of a home’s HVAC system. This keeps the attic cooler and makes homes more comfortable.

KB Home is the first national builder to make this radiant barrier sheathing a standard feature in all of its new homes, and all of the houses in new KB Home communities are built to ENERGY STAR guidelines.

A recent study by Calvert Investments ranked KB Home as the most energy efficient of the top ten largest builders in the United States. In addition to LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing, their new homes incorporate a variety of energy-efficient features at no additional cost, including low-E windows, ENERGY STAR appliances and programmable thermostats.

“KB Home prides itself as being an innovator among its competitors, continually looking for new technologies that will benefit our homebuyers,” said Dan Bridleman, vice president, supply chain and technology for KB Home. “Features like LP TechShield Sheathing open the door to further educate homebuyers on the availability of building materials with environmental benefits and the long-term cost savings for them personally. In today’s market the consumer wants to understand the impact on the environment, but also needs to see the cost benefit to their pocket book.”

In addition to providing potential savings for homeowners, LP TechShield Radiant Barrier installs like conventional roof sheathing, requiring no additional labor. It is the only radiant barrier sheathing that features patented VaporVents™ technology, which allows it to dry more quickly from construction moisture than other radiant barriers. Installed in more than one million homes, it has been on the market for more than a decade.

Building With LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing

Calvert Investments recently released a study grading the ten largest U.S. homebuilders on their energy-efficient practices and features. KB Home and Pulte Homes led the rankings. Both companies have a number of features in common, including use of LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing. Pulte Homes and DR Horton include the product as a standard feature for all new Texas construction, while Lennar, Standard Pacific, NVR, and Ryland Group also incorporate LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing on certain projects.

2010 Green Builder Ranking

  • KB Home
  • Pulte Homes
  • Meritage Homes
  • Toll Brothers
  • Lennar
  • DR Horton
  • Standard Pacific
  • NVR
  • Ryland Group
  • MDC Holdings

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