400 Homebuilders in EPA's Energy Star for Homes Program

Originally published by: Phoenix Business JournalNovember 9, 2011

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Meritage Homes Corp. is among 400 builders, including six major ones, that have signed on to implement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ’s newest Energy Star guidelines for homes.

The program kicks off in 2012 and is a step up above the current requirements --which have gradually been improved since being implemented in 1995.

Scottsdale-based Meritage embarked on upgrading its product line last year with energy-efficient homes first in Arizona and then throughout the markets in which it builds. The company in September started a line of net-zero energy homes that produce as much power as they use.

EPA officials said in addition to Meritage, it had signed up Atlanta-based Ashton Woods Homes and Beazer Homes, and Los Angeles-based KB Home, all of which have a large presence in the Valley. Other large home builders singed up are Columbus, Ohio-based M/I Homes    and Reston, Va.-based NVR Inc.  

Under the plans, the homes built by those signing up for the program must be at least 15 percent more energy efficient than those built under the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. The homes likely will be 30 percent or more energy efficient than homes built without the standard.

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