Environmental Solutions Group Recognized with a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Housing Award

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Environmental Solutions Group earns award for verifying new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency

Environmental Solutions Group is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2010 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution Environmental Solutions Group has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by verifying more than 45 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $20,115 on utility bills each year.

The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equal to the equivalent of:

  •     Eliminating the emissions from 22.05 vehicles;
  •     Saving 133,380 lbs of coal;
  •     Planting 36.45 acres of trees; or
  •     Saving the environment 261,585 pounds of CO2 per year.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

“It is the builders that drive this program, and as a certifier I find that it is my job to help them achieve the goals set forth by the ENERGY STAR program,” said Steve Armstrong, who serves as an energy analyst with Environmental Solutions Group. “I enjoy helping a builder who is new to ENERGY STAR refine their skills and build a superior product.”

ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.

“Most homebuyers focus on what's outside the walls,” said Sam Rashkin, National Director for EPA's ENERGY STAR Homes Program, “but they also need to look behind the walls for the energy-efficient features found in ENERGY STAR qualified homes that help ensure comfort, quiet, improved indoor air quality, and low utility bills for years to come.”

More than one million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States since the program first began labeling homes in 1995. Thanks to the dedication of our partners, families living in ENERGY STAR qualified homes will save more than $270 million this year on their utility bills, while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 370,000 vehicles.

About Environmental Solutions Group
Since 2006, Environmental Solutions Group has helped homes and businesses cut costs, reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable through its performance building services. The firm provides ENERGY STAR ratings for new homes, green building verification, LEED consulting and energy performance analysis and Indoor Environmental Quality commissioning for new construction. The Triad Business Journal's Book of Lists has recognized ESG for each of the past four years as one of the top environmental firms in the Triad. For more information, please call (336) 373-1538 or visit the website http://www.esg-energy.com

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 17,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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