September 8, 2008

New York Builders Receive Awards for Saving Energy

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Builders Association (NYSBA) recently honored four builders in the New York ENERGY STAR Homes program for their achievements within the program, which is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

New York ENERGY STAR Homes use approximately 30 percent less energy than conventionally built new homes. The following builders were awarded for their commitment, professionalism and skill in building to New York ENERGY STAR standards and promoting the program:

-- Rivercrest Development, Yonkers - Superior Sales Award for the greatest number of New York ENERGY STAR Homes sold

-- Ryan Homes, West Seneca - Excellence in Advertising Award for creatively and effectively communicating the value of ENERGY STAR to the consumer marketplace

-- Essex Homes of Western New York, Clarence - Excellence in Energy Performance Award for building at least 25 New York ENERGY STAR Homes and having the highest average Home Energy Rating score

-- Fort Drum Community Homes, Fort Drum - Outstanding Achievement Award for its commitment to consumer education, community involvement, diligence in building high-quality energy-efficient homes, and overall excellence in the industry

"All of our program partners are creating powerful, positive outcomes that help place New York at the forefront of energy solutions," said Bob Callender, Vice President for Programs for NYSERDA. "NYSERDA is honored to work together with these builders to improve the future of energy reliability, the environment and the economy in New York."

More than 12,590 New York ENERGY STAR Homes have been built in New York since the program began in 2001, saving over 13.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 743 billion Btus of fossil fuel to date. With New York ENERGY STAR Homes making up nearly 14 percent of the state's new construction market, builders cite the program as a symbol of quality and a significant differentiator in the increasingly competitive home building industry.

"Many builders claim to build energy efficient homes but only New York ENERGY STAR Homes pass a stringent evaluation that involves a computer-based energy analysis, inspections of systems and the way they work together as a whole, and certification testing," Callendar said. "This third-party certification provides customers the peace of mind that their homes are energy efficient, safe and comfortable."

This advanced whole-house performance testing helps ensure that the home is properly insulated, doors and windows are installed correctly, cracks and gaps in a home are sealed, and carbon monoxide gases from appliances and heating and cooling systems are vented properly.

For more information about New York ENERGY STAR Homes and a list of ENERGY STAR builders, visit or call toll-free 1-877-NY-SMART.

NYSERDA uses innovation and technology to solve some of New York's most difficult energy and environmental problems in ways that improve the State's economy.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

CONTACT: Agency contacts: Gayle Nowak, +1-978-525-3742,[email protected], or Mary Ingram, +1-212-600-4469, [email protected]; NYSERDAspokesperson: Nancy Norman, +1-866-NYSERDA, ext. 3414, [email protected]

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