FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AVR HOMEBUILDERS IS RECOGNIZED WITH A 2011
ENERGY STAR® LEADERSHIP IN HOUSING AWARD ENERGY STAR® 2008 PARTNER OF THE YEAR
AVR HOMEBUILDERS earns award for building new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency
COLLEGE POINT, QUEENS, NY – POWELL COVE ESTATES is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution AVR HOMEBUILDERS has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building more than 65 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $29,055 on utility bills each year.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equal to the equivalent of:
- Eliminating the emissions from 31.85 vehicles;
- Saving 192,660 lbs of coal;
- Planting 52.65 acres of trees; or
- Saving the environment 377,845 pounds of CO2 per year.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 20% more efficient than standard new homes built today.
“To me, energy efficiency represents the primary method of reducing our impact on the environment over a prolonged period of time,” says chief operating officer, Mark Eickelbeck. “As developers, I feel we have a responsibility to minimize our impact on the environment not just for ourselves, but for future generations.”
ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.
“While other builders may claim to build energy-efficient homes, ENERGY STAR builder partners back it up,” said Jonathan Passe, Acting Manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Their houses undergo a rigorous independent inspection and testing process to ensure that they deliver real efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for homebuyers.”
Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR and partners, Americans saved about $18 billion on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 33 million vehicles. Nearly 1.2 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States since the program first began labeling homes in 1995.
About AVR HOMEBUILDERS
As one of the largest, private New York-based developers, for over 40 years, AVR Realty has been at the forefront of national real estate development having built, acquired and developed more than 30 million square feet of quality space for office complexes, shopping centers, malls, corporate and industrial parks and hotels.
This commercial record of industry leadership is matched only by our long history of creating incomparable homes and residential communities. From the Hamptons to New York City, and up through the Hudson Valley to Kingston, over 3,000 families have chosen AVR Homebuilders for our commitment to quality construction and customer service.
A diverse approach to real estate – with both our residential and commercial divisions – has positioned AVR as a stable, reputable company. AVR generates long-term growth in real estate value by creating communities where families love to live, making AVR one of the most respected residential and commercial developers in the country.
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 126,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2010, by 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 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).