Jacob Atalla is Vice President of Sustainability at KB Home, where he leads KB Home’s initiatives to make every home it builds more environmentally friendly.
Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 30 years’ experience with technology and green building. He draws on this deep expertise to create innovative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.
Jacob worked on the 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, a sustainable concept home for today, tomorrow and the future. He is currently working on a new version of ProjeKt that will grand open in February 2019.
He developed KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®), which for the first time provides homeowners with a HERS Index Score and estimated gas and electricity costs for every KB home.
Recent projects include the expansion of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; building over 125,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes, and 6,500 homes with solar PV; building the most WaterSense® labeled homes in the nation; and building more than 150 LEED Platinum certified homes.
Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home, the first national homebuilder to do so.
KB Home has earned highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA, as well as awards from U.S. Department of Energy and NGOs.
Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and the advisory board of TecHome Builder.