Home Builder Dominion Homes is Recognized by the LG&E and KU ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program for Excellence in Energy Efficiency

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Dominion Homes earns award as a home builder that protects the environment through energy efficiency

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We’re thrilled to be recognized for our energy-efficient home designs. It is always our goal to build quality, energy-efficient homes in great communities.

Dominion Homes is pleased to announce that it was recognized by the LG&E and KU ENERGY STAR New Homes Program for its excellence in energy efficiency during the Midwest Regional ENERGY STAR Conference, recently held in Lexington, KY. Dominion Homes was honored as the home builder who built the best predicted energy performance home in the Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) territory in 2010.

This award recognizes the achievement made by Dominion Homes for building the best scoring LG&E and KU ENERGY STAR New Home last year.

To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and LG&E and KU. Homes receive a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index score that models the efficiency of the home based on factors like air-tightness, equipment efficiencies, and energy usage. The index score varies between 0 and 100. A “0” index home denotes zero energy usage. A “100” index home denotes the average energy usage of homes built to 2004 International Residential Code (IRC). (The 2007 Kentucky residential building code is a modified version of the 2006 IRC, and closely approximates the performance of the 2004 reference code home.)

Each index point below 100 denotes a modeled energy savings of one percent (1%). ENERGY STAR qualified homes index at a HERS 85 or lower (e.g. 85, 84, 83….). A HERS Index 60 would denote a home that out performs the reference home by 40 percent.

This particular home built by Dominion Homes came in at 71, making it 29% more efficient than a new home built to code.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized for our energy-efficient home designs. It is always our goal to build quality, energy-efficient homes in great communities. While we already know that our homeowners save up to 40% on their energy bills vs. an existing home, we’re proud of the fact that we’re saving our customers money over newly built homes as well,” said Jarrod Vowels, General Manager of Dominion Homes’ Kentucky division.

ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer buyers ultimate comfort, wrapped around features like: effective insulation systems, air sealing, tight construction and ducts, correctly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, high performance windows, and third-party verification of energy performance.

To learn more about energy-efficient home builder Dominion Homes, visit http://www.dominionhomes.com/.

About Dominion Homes
Founded in 1952, Dominion Homes is one of the leading homebuilders in Columbus Ohio, as well as Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and is one of the top 50 builders in the country. Dominion is an industry leader with a priority to construct quality, energy-efficient homes in the best communities based on innovative designs that utilize state of the art construction techniques and materials. It is this commitment that ensures its continued success in building affordable, high-quality, eco-friendly homes.

About LG&E and KU ENERGY STAR New Homes Program
The ENERGY STAR New Homes Program was introduced by LG&E and KU, PPL Companies in 2009 as a voluntary market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. The LG&E and KU ENERGY STAR New Homes Program offers marketing, educational, administrative support, and financial incentives to promote energy efficiency through the ENERGY STAR label for residential new construction. In 2010, nearly 1,200 new homes were qualified and certified as ENERGY STAR under the Program. For more information about the LG&E and KU ENERGY STAR New Homes Program, visit http://www.lge-ku.com/build/default.asp or call (502)627-3534.

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