Recently, Calvert Investments, a Bethesda, M.D.-based investment group, released a study entitled “A Green Recovery for America’s Homebuilders? A Survey of Sustainable Practices by the Homebuilding Industry,” which examined America’s 10 largest publicly traded homebuilders and their policies/practices related to green building.
The study examined the builders using five major areas, each one presenting significant challenges to the industry--land, building materials, energy, water, and climate change. The study, which ranked Los Angeles-based KB Home, No. 1, and Pulte Homes of Bloomfield Hills, No. 2, showed that out of a possible 42 points, the nation's top 10 builders averaged 6 points or around 15%. However, without KB Home and Pulte Homes, the average dropped significantly--an average of less than 6%.
The top 10 homebuilders, with their 2008 rankings in parenthesis:
Other key points: