A quarter of Colorado new homes qualify as ‘efficient’

Summit Daily News

The Governor's Energy Office (GEO) announced Monday that ENERGY STAR new homes account ed for more than 26 percent of the new homes built in the first half of 2009 in Colorado. Should 2009's strong start for ENERGY STAR new homes hold up for the rest of the year, Colorado would see its fifth consecutive year of percentage increases in homes that qualify as ENERGY STAR. Since 2004, the mar ket penetration of ENERGY STAR New Homes has increased from 4.2 percent to 19.4 percent in 2008.

Since July of 2008, at least 11 Sum mit County homes have been built to ENERGY STAR standards, accord ing to High County Conservation Center director Carly Wier. An ENERGY STAR home is typically 20-30 percent more energy efficient than homes built to code and are cer tified throughout the construction process. Better insulation, advanced air sealing strategies, and efficient heating systems and appliances are typically used to achieve better com fort and energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR certification. ENER GY STAR homes also reduce green­house gas emissions through direct reductions in energy use.

"Summit County builders have been supporting Colorado's new energy economy by choosing ENERGY STAR certification for their homes," Wier said. Accord ing to the Energy Star website, there are currently six Summit County builders registered with the ENER GY STAR program, including: Mountain Log Homes of Colorado, Apex Mountain Homes, Greg Hess Construction, Hedges Mountain Homes, J & E Development, and Kodiak Enterprises. J & E Develop ment won the ENERGY STAR Award at the 2009 Parade of Homes.



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