Jun 28, 2012

Homebuilder Constructs First D.C.-Area WaterSense Home

KB Home built the area's first WaterSense-labeled home

The first home in the Washington, D.C., area to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label has been built by KB Home in Waldorf, Md. 

Joining the nearly 140 WaterSense-labeled homes across the nation, the Zero House 2.0 is also net zero—meaning it produces more energy than it uses—and Energy Star certified. KB Home built the first WaterSense-labeled home in Roseville, Calif., in 2010, and as the 2011 WaterSense Builder Partner of the Year, continues to construct water-saving new homes.

WaterSense-labeled new homes are third-party and independently certified to save water both inside and out. Homes that earn the WaterSense label feature WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures, efficient hot water delivery, water-smart landscape design and other features to ensure that the home will save water for years to come.

When compared to a typical home, a WaterSense-labeled new home can help a family of four save 50,000 gal of water per year and as much as $600 per year on utility costs.