Greater Dayton Construction, Ltd. recognized with the 2014 Energy Star® Certified Homes Market Leader Award
GDC earns award for building new homes that advance energy-efficiency in the new construction industry
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio – Greater Dayton Construction, Ltd. (GDC, Ltd.) has been awarded the 2014 ENERGY STAR certified Homes Market Leader Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recognized for its contribution made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection, GDC, Ltd. was responsible for building 121 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2013. Collectively, these homeowners will save approximately $36,300 on their utility bills and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 450,604 pounds.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR certified homes are equivalent to the greenhouse gases:
- Produced by 43 passenger vehicles
- Emitted from burning 219,615 pounds of coal; and
- Saved by planting and growing 5,203 coniferous trees, such as pine or spruce, for ten years.
To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a home is required to undergo a third-party verification by an energy rater and must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These ENERGY STAR homes are up to 30% more efficient than typical new homes built today.
“At Greater Dayton Construction, Ltd. we are committed to improving our environmental performance, and receiving the EPA ENERGY STAR Market Leader Award is recognition of our commitment to building ENERGY STAR certified homes,” said Kevin Hess, Vice President GDC, Ltd. “Our dedication to building energy-efficient homes is not only financially beneficial for our clients, it’s great for the environment and our business.
Features such as effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight constructions and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, and energy-efficient lighting and appliances contribute to the durability of energy-efficient homes and help reduce utility and maintenance costs for homeowners.
“ENERGY STAR partners provide 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.”
Together, families living in ENERGY STAR certified homes saved $558 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 643,000 vehicles last year alone. More than 90,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2013, and more than 1.5 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built.