Greensboro NC (PRWEB) May 15, 2011
Environmental Solutions Group is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2011 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 180 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save its customers approximately $80,460 on utility bills each year.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equivalent to:
- Eliminating the emissions from 88.20 vehicles;
- Saving 533,520 lbs of coal; or
- Planting 145.80 acres of trees.
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 a senior 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 insulating 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 Home Program, “but they also need to look behind the walls for 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 ENERGY STAR partners, last year alone families living in ENERGY STAR qualified homes saved $48 billion on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million vehicles.
About Environmental Solutions Group
In addition to providing green build verification services for the NAHB, ESG provides energy analysis for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Homes program. The firm has conducted green audits for several thousand HUD-maintained properties and assists residential and commercial property owners through energy use analysis. ESG Energy’s Carbon Footprint Certification Program is intended to lessen climate change by encouraging good practice in carbon measurement, management and reduction. Visit http://www.esg-energy.com for additional information or call
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).