Meritage Homes named Energy Star 2011 Partner of the Year

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Meritage Homes has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star 2011 Partner of the Year Award for leading the industry in reducing energy use in its high-performance homes. The company was the first large, national home builder to earn the Energy Star seal of approval on every home it builds.

March 28, 2011

Photo: To give prospective homeowners an inside look at its energy-efficient features, Meritage has created innovative Building Science Learning Centers within partially deconstructed model homes at many of its communities. These models spotlight six categories of energy-efficient building features to give buyers a better understanding of how these elements work together to reduce home energy use, while also making the home more comfortable, cleaner, safer and quieter for family members.

 

Meritage Homes has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star 2011 Partner of the Year Award for leading the industry in reducing energy use in its innovative, high-performance homes. The company will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 12 in Washington, D.C.

Since January 2010, Meritage has been opening extreme energy-efficient communities that surpass Energy Star guidelines throughout the western and southern U.S. It was the first large, national home builder to earn the EPA’s Energy Star seal of approval on every home it has built since then. Homes in these communities integrate advanced technologies into their design and building from the ground up.

Meritage’s advanced building technologies range from cutting-edge renewable energy features and a sophisticated water management system to a redesigned building envelope, with polyurethane spray foam that bonds to wood to create tighter overall construction and improved air quality.

Meritage also uses low-e coatings on windows that reduce energy loss by as much as 50 percent over regular windows. Together, these technologies can save homeowners up to 80 percent on their home energy use, compared to standard new homes.

“With unprecedented energy savings and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, Meritage has set a new standard for homes across the country,” said Sam Rashkin, national director, Energy Star for Homes.

To earn the Energy Star award, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA and be at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC). A third-party certified home energy rater must perform an independent audit and verification to ensure that a home meets Energy Star guidelines.

“Meritage Green is part of our company's vision to set a new standard in the way homes in America can and should be built,” said Steve Hilton, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We want to enrich our customers’ lives with sustainable homes that not only save them energy, but also improve their quality of life.”

To give prospective homeowners an inside look at its energy-efficient features, Meritage has created innovative Building Science Learning Centers within partially deconstructed model homes at many of its communities. These models spotlight six categories of energy-efficient building features to give buyers a better understanding of how these elements work together to reduce home energy use, while also making the home more comfortable, cleaner, safer and quieter for family members.

For more information about Meritage’s high-performance homes and extreme energy-efficient communities, visit www.meritagehomes.com.

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