This article was originally featured on our sister site BUILDER.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized KB Home with a 2016 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. KB Home was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

"KB Home is proud to once again earn the WaterSense Sustained Excellence award for our ongoing innovation in the important area of water efficiency," said Dan Bridleman, senior vice president of Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing for KB Home said in a release. "Constructing homes optimized for water conservation continues to be a priority for KB Home, particularly in the water-challenged regions in which we operate. We remain committed to building homes that help conserve water and educating our customers about the environmental benefits of WaterSense labeled products."

Since 2006, KB Home and other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount of water used by all households in California for a year, according to KB. In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 212 billion kilowatt hours since the program began in 2006, enough energy to supply a year's worth of power to more than 19.4 million homes.

More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, and organizations partner with WaterSense.

"Over the past 10 years, communities, states, organizations, manufacturers, retailers, and builders across the country have been working with WaterSense to help Americans save water for future generations," said Joel Beauvais, EPA Office of Water Deputy Assistant Administrator in the press release. "I am pleased to see so many of our WaterSense partners making contributions to build the resilience of communities everywhere by helping people use water more efficiently."

KB Home was honored as a 2016 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner for its continued commitment to building sustainable and water-efficient homes. In 2015, KB Home increased the number of WaterSense labeled homes it delivered, and expanded both the availability of WaterSense labeled homes to additional communities and its outreach to consumers on the value and benefits of WaterSense labeled products.

Cumulatively, KB Home's WaterSense labeled homes and installation of water-efficient features save an estimated 3 million gallons of water daily, compared to typical existing homes that do not have the same water-saving items.