KB Home (NYSE: KBH) on Wednesday said it will include door hardware from Kwikset that features Microban® antimicrobial product protection.

Kwikset products with Microban protection incorporate an antimicrobial coating that inhibits the growth of bacteria on door hardware. The silver-based technology featured on these Kwikset products is specially formulated for door hardware and is designed to provide antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the products, including those used in high-traffic areas like bedrooms and bathrooms.

Kwikset, an industry leader in lock manufacturing, has been a KB Home partner for more than 20 years. Many of its innovative products, such as the Kwikset Touch-to-Open™ Kevo™ smart locks with Bluetooth® technology, are offered at the KB Home Design Studio. At the Studios, homebuyers can work with one of KB Home's design professionals to personalize many aspects of their new home to their budget and personal preferences.

KB Home is widely known as an innovator in sustainable home building, which encompasses four major areas under its eDifference platform: Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Healthy Homes and Smart Homes. KB Home's focus in these areas is a natural component of the builder's core Built to Order™ approach, where the customer is at the center of all major design and construction decisions.

Under Healthy Homes, KB Home has undertaken several initiatives to enhance the general interior environment of its homes, including using low-VOC interior paint and carpeting exclusively, sealed combustion appliances, and MERV 8-rated air filters with a whole-house mechanical ventilation system. In 2015, KB Home received the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor airPLUS® Leader Award, becoming the first, and only, national home builder to be so recognized for its commitment to improved indoor air quality.