Florham Park, NJ (PRWEB) January 18, 2011
BASF today announced that it has honored six U.S. builders for their exceptional achievements in high- performance building at the Third Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards. The ceremony was held during the 2011 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida on January 13 2011.
“BASF is proud to work with the Department of Energy to promote programs like the Builders Challenge that drive the creation of more highly energy- efficient homes,” said Jack Armstrong, Leader Construction Markets, BASF. “The award program exemplifies BASF’s long-term objective and commitment to accelerating the adoption of building practices that will reduce our collective environmental impact.”
The awards were presented by BASF on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to builders who have achieved superior performance through DOE’s Building America Builders Challenge program. Award recipients include David Weekley Homes (Texas) for qualifying the most homes (779) for the Builders Challenge in 2010, Artistic Homes (New Mexico), GW Robinson Homes (Florida), KB Homes (Florida), LifeStyle Homes (Florida), and Tommy Williams Homes (Florida) for qualifying homes to Maximized Energy Performance, i.e., homes that produce as much energy as they use, through the Builders Challenge in 2010.
The DOE Building America Builders Challenge initiative is helping to change the face of home energy efficiency by recognizing high-performance homes with the EnergySmart Home Scale™. To qualify, homes must use at least 30 percent less energy than a typical new home built to code, and they must meet Builders Challenge Quality Criteria to ensure the highest level of comfort and quality.
Building America research and third-party verifiers ensure that the best whole-house energy solutions developed in the laboratory are translated and installed properly in the field.
To date, the Builders Challenge has more than 1,200 partners and more than half are builders. Energy efficiency comes first with 196 builders who qualified almost 5,240 homes in 39 states. These builders are saving their customers nearly $5 million per year.
The Builders Challenge Awards were established in 2009 by BASF to pay tribute to builders for achieving significant benchmarks under the DOE program. The 2010 Builders Challenge Award winners were included in two categories: Most homes qualified and Maximized Energy Performance homes.
Most Homes Qualified:
Maximized Energy Performance:
More information about the Builders Challenge program is available at http://www.buildingamerica.gov/challenge.
Learn more about BASF’s sustainable construction solutions at http://www.construction.basf.us.
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BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com.
EnergySmart Home Scale™ is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy