Ivory Homes earns award for building more than 300 new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency
Salt Lake City, Utah, May 28, 2008 – Ivory Homes is pleased to announce that is has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2008 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution and environmental protection by building 430 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $192,210 on utility bills each year.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equivalent to:
- Eliminating the emissions from 210 vehicles;
- Saving 1,274,520 lbs of coal;
- Planting 348 acres of trees; or
- Saving the environment 2,499,590 pounds of CO2 per year.
Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by EPA. ENERGY STAR qualified homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances.
ENERGY STAR is growing strong in the residential new construction market. In 2007, over 20,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines, bringing the total number of ENERGY STAR qualified homes to almost 840,000. Owners of these homes are saving more than $200 million annually on their utility bills.
According to Sam Rashkin, National Director of ENERGY STAR for Homes, "ENERGY STAR qualified homes are better homes that cost less to own, protect our environment, reduce our reliance on imported energy, and improve our economy. Leadership in Housing award recipients are making a meaningful difference at this critical time in our country's history."
Ivory Homes, Utah's Number One Home Builder, is proud to be an ENERGY STAR leader. Since its founding the company has continued to be the most successful homebuilding company in Utah.