— Moneta, VA — PD&M, Inc. today is announcing that it is committing to build and label its homes to meet the new and more rigorous ENERGY STAR requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for 2012. PD&M has already built several new homes that have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR to date; including the lake area’s first Platinum Certified home, representing savings of several thousand dollars on utility bills for their owners while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We’re proud to be making a commitment to continue building ENERGY STAR qualified homes in 2012, said president, Eddie Fort. “By stepping up to the new requirements, we’re going to be offering customers state-of-the-art performance in our homes with a comprehensive package of features that deliver greater value, quality, and comfort than ever before. In fact, we are the first to be building under these new standards.”
Homes built to the new, more rigorous requirements (referred to as “Version 3”) will be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which will be taking effect next year in Virginia, and will include additional features to give them a performance edge of 20-30% compared to typical new homes and even more when measured against most re-sale homes on the market today.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes that earn the label in 2012 will be built with a comprehensive, building science-based approach that features:
• A detailed package of home envelope air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows to deliver comfort, durability, and lower utility bills.
• A high-efficiency heating, cooling, and ventilation system designed and installed for optimal performance.
• A complete water and moisture management package to protect roofs, walls, and foundations.
• ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances that help reduce monthly utility bills.
• Third-party verification, with independent inspections and testing by a certified Home Energy Rater.
“EPA has raised the bar for what families can expect when they buy a new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR,” said Jonathan Passe, Acting Chief of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Builders who meet the new ENERGY STAR requirements are making a strong statement about their leadership and commitment to providing American homebuyers with truly energy-efficient homes that offer lower utility bills and greater benefits for the environment.”
About PD&M, General Contractors
PD&M has been constructing custom homes around the greater Smith Mountain Lake area for 28 years. We are a leader in the construction of high performance custom homes. Let us show you how comfortable and cost effective living in a PD&M home can be. Visit us at www.PDandM.com to find out more.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, save money, and help protect the environment for future generations.