Homebuilders across the country have become ENERGY STAR partners to build better, more comfortable and energy efficient homes for their customers. Here are a few of their stories:
"Protecting the environment is very important to us. And the use of materials and ENERGY STAR certification is certainly a big part of that. Our real focus with ENERGY STAR is on our customers and our home buyers and just creating the energy savings for them and having their home be a long-term good investment.
We would definitely recommend an ENERGY STAR home. That’s really the baseline of a quality constructed home. If you don’t buy an ENERGY STAR home, then there's a chance that other details could be missed.”
“The stories that have really impacted me and really helped us evolve our partnership with ENERGY STAR are the stories that people experience a really improved quality of life. So we’ll get stories where they had a little girl that was on an inhaler every day, and after she moved into an ENERGY STAR home, she got to reduce her medication. She felt better every day living in that home.”
“It’s a great thing for people to know that homes can be built to a higher standard. They do save energy. They’re more comfortable. They’re more durable. So it’s great to promote that environmental benefit to the communities that we’re building homes in.
I think it’s a great thing for America, because the strength of our country is on home ownership and the ability for families to have a high quality, very durable product, and ENERGY STAR advances that.”
“...the stories that are really more exciting to us are the stories in which someone calls and says, you know, “My son hasn’t slept through the night in his entire life, until we moved into our new home. And thank you for having a tight structure and looking at indoor quality. He now sleeps through the night. And does not have to use his inhaler as much.” Those stories -- we touched somebody’s life. And that’s why we started our company. And so ENERGY STAR has helped us do that.”
“I think ENERGY STAR has done a great job in making sure the bar keeps rising. And what they haven’t done is make that bar so high that it’s unaffordable for the builder. And that’s a key.
And so what we’re seeing is people just being amazed at the quality of their home and of the energy bill as well as the cost. It’s a fraction of what it was.”
“We want to introduce a new way of thinking about building affordable housing. ENERGY STAR to us seemed to be the perfect platform to introduce this to our national network.
We believed that adopting the ENERGY STAR partnership would be a way we could basically convince our colleagues in the affordable housing field to adopt the same kinds of standards and have a much better outcome for their investment dollar.”