EPA Recognizes Gentry Homes with Leadership in Housing Award

Gentry Construction earns award for building new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency.

Energy Star

Bloomington, IN, June 2008—Gentry Construction is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2008 ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution that our organization has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building more than 40 ENERGY STAR qualified homes. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $17, 880 on utility bills.

The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are the equivalent of:

  • Eliminating the emissions from 19.6 vehicles;
  • Saving 118,560 lbs of coal;
  • Planting 32.4 acres of trees; or
  • Saving the environment 232,520 pounds of CO2 per year.

Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR qualified homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances.

ENERGY STAR is growing strong in the residential new construction market. In 2007, over 120,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines, bringing the total number of ENERGY STAR qualified homes to almost 840,000. Owners of these homes are saving more than $200 million annually on their utility bills.

According to Sam Rashkin, National Director of ENERGY STAR for Homes, “ENERGY STAR qualified homes are better homes that cost less to own, protect the environment, reduce our reliance on imported energy, and improve our economy. Leadership in Housing award recipients are making a meaningful difference at this critical time in our country’s history.

ABOUT GENTRY CONSTRUCTION

In addition to building ENERGY STAR homes, Gentry is also an ENVIRONMENT’S FOR LIVING builder who can actually guarantee monthly heating and cooling bills as low as $52/month for 3 years. Almost all of Gentry built homes have received a four to five plus star rating, out of a possible 5+ stars. Gentry Construction is now also offering certified GREEN homes as a standard. Gentry Construction is one of the top leaders in energy efficient housing in Indiana. For more information, please contact us at (812) 332-7400.

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, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 9,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses.

For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-800-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).