DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Masco Home Services is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution Masco Home Services has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by verifying more than 5,500 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2012. These homeowners will enjoy more energy efficient, comfortable and durable homes while also reducing their environmental impact.
To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR reports that these homes are up to 30% more efficient than typical new homes built today.
"We are extremely proud of the continued success we have had in working with the ENERGY STAR Program in promoting high-performance, energy efficient homes," said Dave Bell, Director of Building Science, Masco Home Services. "We believe the Program continues to provide homeowners with tangible benefits that will last for the life of their home, and are very appreciative of their recognition of our efforts."
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."
More than 100,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2012, and more than 1.4 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built.
About Masco Home Services, Inc. and the Environments For Living program
Masco Home Services, Inc., a Masco company, is an innovative leader in home performance and creating energy-efficient, comfortable homes. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the company serves both homeowners and residential builders through the Environments For Living® and Environments For Living Certified Green® programs.
About the ENERGY STAR program
The ENERGY STAR program 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, the ENERGY STAR program 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 the ENERGY STAR program, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937). ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR logo are registered trademarks of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.