ULI Orange County/Inland Empire What’s New?

“ULI OC/IE Chairman Mike Ruane appoints Jacob Atalla, KB Home, as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Communities Initiative Council. Atalla will lead the Initiative Council, following Bob Santos’ leadership from 2008-2011.”

Jacob Atalla
Jacob Atalla is Senior Director of Sustainability at KB Home. He leads the way in realizing KB’s sustainability goals of making every home it builds more environmentally friendly, and all aspects of its construction and business operations increasingly sustainable.
Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years of technology and green building experience, which form the foundation of his creative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.
Jacob worked on the development of KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide (EPG), which for the first time provides homeowners with information on the relative energy efficiency and estimated gas and electricity costs for every KB home.
Recent projects include building the first WaterSense labeled home in the nation; the launch of over 20 new solar-powered communities in Southern California; the introduction of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; and building over 50 LEED certified homes.
Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home, the only national homebuilder to do so.
KB Home received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012; one of the highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA. In addition, KB Home received the Builders Challenge, Maximized Energy Performance awards from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 and 2012, and WaterSense Partner of the Year award in 2011, as well as a US Green Building Council LEED for Homes award in 2011.
Previously, Jacob worked 10 years at The Planning Center, followed by 6 years as a consultant to several developers and builders on residential and multi-use projects in California, Idaho, and Hawaii. Jacob serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and has been appointed to serve on the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) board of directors.

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