EPA Awards Ashton Woods Homes with 2010 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award

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Builder Continues to Gain Strides in Sales of Energy-Efficient and Eco-Friendly New Homes

Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR partners like you, Americans saved $19 billion on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 29 million vehicles.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 7, 2010 -- Ashton Woods Homes, a premiere builder of eco-friendly and energy-efficient new homes, today announced that they had been presented with the 2010 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award.

Headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, Ashton Woods builds high-performance new homes in growth communities in Houston, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh and Tampa. Close to jobs, shopping and transportation corridors, Ashton Woods effectively balances healthy-house features with energy efficiency in their Power House Green homes – which can save homeowners as much as 45% per year on utility bills.

The 2010 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award recognizes Ashton Woods' work in promoting energy-efficient construction and helping to protect the environment.

In a letter from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in Washington, D.C., Sam Rashkin, Director, ENERGY STAR for New Homes says, "Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR partners like you, Americans saved $19 billion on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 29 million vehicles."

"When you look at owning a new home versus buying a used home, it's time to get back to having a perspective or mindset of investment rather than financial obligation," said Tad Serbin, VP Sales and Marketing at Ashton Woods Homes. "With the advances in new home construction and technology, buyers essentially have the option to reapply the new home energy savings to pay down their mortgages in less time or, use that money saved through energy-efficiency for any other purpose," explained Mr. Serbin.

With more buyers each year purchasing high-performance, energy-efficient homes, Ashton Woods continues to provide state-of-the-art features and benefits to its buyers in each of its new homes. Visit http://www.ashtonwoods.com/powerhouse to learn more.

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 12,000 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).

About Ashton Woods Homes
Ashton Woods Homes is a subsidiary of the Great Gulf Group- a fully-integrated collection of companies that spans the entire real estate spectrum in North America – from land acquisition and development to the design and construction of master planned communities. For more than 40 years, Ashton Woods has built a solid reputation for building comfortable, energy-efficient, high-performance homes and is the winner in Overall Quality in the 2009 J.D. Power Survey for New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Ranking and is honored with the most coveted local, regional and national awards. For more information, visit http://www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.

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