(PRWEB) April 19, 2012
Greensboro, NC: Environmental Solutions Group (ESG) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution ESG has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by verifying more 481 ENERGY STAR certified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $215,000 on utility bills each year.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR certified homes are equal to the equivalent of:
- Eliminating the emissions from 236 vehicles;
- Saving 1,425,684 lbs of coal;
- Planting 390 acres of trees; or
- Saving the environment 2,796,053 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 20% more efficient than standard new homes built today.
“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 any builder refine their skills and build a superior product.”
ENERGY STAR certified 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.
“ENERGY STAR builder partners offer new homes that are designed and built to standards well above most others on the market today,” said Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Because ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo rigorous independent inspections and testing, homebuyers who choose ENERGY STAR can be confident that their new home will offer real energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for years to come.”
Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR and partners, Americans saved nearly $400 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 510,000 vehicles. More than 1.3 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States since the program first began labeling homes in 1995.
About Environmental Solutions Group
In addition to certifying homes under the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Homes and Water Sense programs, ESG provides green build verification services for the NAHB Research Center. The firm has conducted green audits for several thousand HUD-owned properties and assists residential and commercial property owners with energy and water use analysis. ESG also certifies organizations through its own Carbon Footprint Certification Program, which encourages good practice in carbon measurement, management and reduction. Visit http://www.esg-energy.com for additional information or call 800-964-3465
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 127,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2011, by 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).