ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
CenterPoint Energy is an electric transmission and distribution utility serving the greater Houston area with the goal of creating a sustainable market for the construction and sale of ENERGY STAR certified homes. A partner since 2001, CenterPoint Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its longstanding and comprehensive support of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. Key 2013 accomplishments include:
- Supporting the construction of more than 5,400 ENERGY STAR certified homes, a 26-percent increase from 2012, and contributing to a total of 120,000 certified homes built since 2001.
- Facilitating the transition to ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 by distributing informational newsletters and emails, holding one-on-one meetings and hundreds of phone calls to keep builders and raters informed about program requirements, and conducting outreach events to recognize partners’ achievements.
- Holding various training sessions to maintain momentum and garner more support for the program. Training sessions were both technical—such as HVAC quality installation and system design class for local HVAC companies—and sales-oriented—such as home builder sales training for sales staff. Several courses were held in Spanish.
- Encouraging builder partners to leverage the ENERGY STAR brand by providing free marketing collateral such as yard signs, door mats, and brochures, along with increased outdoor advertising.