Grayhawk Homes Named 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year

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Georgia-Based Home Builder Insists on ENERGY STAR® Certification for All of Its Homes.

“We had to pave the way for energy efficiency in our markets,” said Grayhawk Homes President Dave Erickson. “No other home builders were offering to provide such sweeping energy efficiency for their customers.”

Grayhawk Homes has been named a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for its demonstrated efforts in promoting and constructing energy efficient homes, the company announced today.

The prestigious award is bestowed on only a select few companies each year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which honors those organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

Since 2010, every home built by Grayhawk Homes has met the stringent guidelines required for ENERGY STAR certification. The company currently builds more than 250 homes per year in Georgia, Alabama and Iowa. Last year, the company was awarded the 2012 ENERGY STAR “Leadership in Housing” award.

“We’re honored to be in such distinguished company,” said Grayhawk Homes President Dave Erickson. “Our belief that everyone should benefit from higher standards of energy efficiency has been validated by this award.”

To achieve ENERGY STAR certification, a home must be independently verified by a third-party home energy rater. An ENERGY STAR qualified home typically includes such features as higher R-value insulation, high performance windows, more efficient heating and cooling systems as well as ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, appliances and programmable thermostats where applicable.

According to Erickson, what sets Grayhawk Homes apart is its insistence on complying with ENERGY STAR guidelines at all price points, from the company’s Cornerstone Collection, which starts in the high $110,000s, to the company’s Traditional Collection, where homes are valued at more than $350,000.

“Generally, home builders focus ENERGY STAR certification on their higher-end production or custom homes,” Erickson said. “At Grayhawk, we feel that every home buyer should have the opportunity to benefit from a more energy efficient home for their family.”

That insistence on energy efficiency has led to Grayhawk Homes rocketing up the nation’s list of home builders. Grayhawk Homes has been recognized by both Professional Builder and Builder magazines as one of the country’s fastest growing and largest home builders in the country.

Erickson said market research of data from actual homes has shown the real-world results of building to the ENERGY STAR standards. The company sampled actual utility bills from Georgia Power and found a dramatic difference between new-construction ENERGY STAR homes and existing homes. When normalized for an average two-story home of 2,532 square feet, Grayhawk Homes found home utility bills were cut in half, from an average of more than $406 to less than $199 each month.

The savings displayed in that data convinced Erickson and his employees that ENERGY STAR certification was the right thing to do for all of its home buyers. The company worked with several of its partners - Norboard, Dow Building Solutions, PlyGem windows, Georgia Power and others - to develop an energy efficiency program the builder could offer to all of its customers.

“We had to pave the way for energy efficiency in our markets,” Erickson said. “No other home builders were offering to provide such sweeping energy efficiency for their customers.”

“We understand the growing consumer demand for more energy efficient, comfortable and durable homes, and it’s our collaborations with homebuilders like Grayhawk that help create high performing homes that meet or exceed today’s demanding energy standards like the ENERGY STAR program,” says Jim Morey, North American Residential Market Manager, Dow Building Solutions. “We are proud to work with an exceptional homebuilder like Grayhawk that is leading and driving the industry beyond the status quo and truly achieving better performing homes for its customers.”

Based on the success of Grayhawk Homes initiative, today every builder in the region has followed suit with some form of energy efficiency measures of their own, proof to Erickson that his company’s decision to align its building practices with ENERGY STAR guidelines was the innovation the home building industry needed.

“In the end, it’s about giving our customers the best possible home they can buy for their money,” he said. “Making that home as energy efficient as possible should be just as important. To us, the legacy of Grayhawk Homes will be the continuing innovation of the homes we build for our customers.”

About Grayhawk Homes
Grayhawk Homes President Dave Erickson began his career as a home builder in 1992. His company, which builds in Georgia, Alabama and Iowa, has been recognized by both Professional Builder and Builder magazines as one of the country’s fastest growing and largest home builders. The company has twice been named Builder of the Year and has been recognized as the No. 1 energy efficient builder in western Georgia by Georgia Power every year since 1996. For more information, please visit http://www.grayhawkhomesinc.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. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. 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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