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Builders Honored for Outstanding Energy Savings

Friday, March 01, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Builders from around Ohio were recently honored for their outstanding performance in constructing energy efficient homes. The recognized builders are participants in the AEP Ohio / Columbia Gas of Ohio ENERGY STAR® New Homes program.

“Our collaborative natural gas and electric utility energy efficiency program with AEP Ohio is the first in the country and we’re very pleased by the number of builders who have embraced it,” stated Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge.

Since the AEP Ohio / Columbia Gas of Ohio ENERGY STAR® New Homes program was introduced in April 2011, more than 3,000 certified homes have been built, saving 7.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity. On the natural gas side, the program homes have saved nearly 90,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas.

“These homes provide a significant benefit to the consumer and have a huge impact on the environment,” added AEP of Ohio President and Chief Operating Officer Pablo Vegas. “The combined energy savings have resulted in a reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent to the carbon sequestered annually by 7,691 acres of U.S. forests.”

The awards presented by the two Ohio utilities are based on the Home Energy Rating System® (HERS) score of the builder’s homes. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home. For example, a home with a HERS score of 50 is 50 percent more energy efficient than a home built to code.

“I salute AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio for supporting the HERS Index as an easily recognizable measure of energy efficient new construction,” commented Steve Baden, executive director of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). “HERS scores in the 50s represent an exceptional level of performance nationally.” RESNET is responsible for creating the national training and certification standards for HERS Raters and Home Energy Survey Professionals, both of which are recognized by federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry.

Receiving the AEP Ohio / Columbia Gas of Ohio ENERGY STAR New Homes HERS 50 Award for building one or more homes 50 percent more energy efficient:

Bevilacqua Home Builders
Dunmoor Investments Company
Egner Construction
KMM Builders
M/I Homes
Maronda Homes of Ohio
P&D Builders
Regent Homes
RJ Perritt Homes
Romanelli and Hughes
Ryan Homes
Schottenstein Homes
Virginia Homes

Receiving the HERS 55 Award for building one or more homes 45 percent more energy efficient:

3 Pillar Homes
Bob Webb
Charis Homes
Compass Homes
Dominion Homes Ohio
Habitat for Humanity – Greater Columbus
Manor Homes
Murray Construction Group
NRP Contractors
Parkview Contracting
Silvestri Homes
Westport Homes

Lowest Average HERS Score by Market Rate Volume:

P&D Builders
Maronda Homes of Ohio
M/I Homes
Habitat for Humanity – Greater Columbus

About AEP Ohio/Columbia Gas of Ohio
ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program

ENERGY STAR certified new homes employ proven technologies and advanced building practices to use approximately 20-50 percent less energy than conventionally built homes. Through a combination of additional requirements, AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio are working together to promote energy performance that meets and exceeds these levels in homes through the ENERGY STAR New Homes Program.

The comfort and efficiency of a home in any price range or style can be improved through advanced building practices, enhanced insulation, performance tested ducts and “building envelope” air sealing, mechanical ventilation, higher efficiency and properly sized heating and cooling systems. ENERGY STAR lighting, appliances and windows helps to increase energy efficiency of the home.

Homeowners experience:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Improved comfort – homes will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, free from drafts, quieter and more durable.
  • Peace of mind – homes must pass third party inspection, testing and energy modeling by an energy Rater certified under HERS®.
  • A healthier living environment – mechanical ventilation systems promote better indoor air quality.
  • Environmental benefits – more-efficient homes help mitigate global climate change by producing fewer harmful emissions and reduce associated health costs due to chronic respiratory ailments.

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. Columbia Gas of Ohio offers a variety of programs designed to help its residential and small business customers save energy and money on their energy bills, while maintaining the comfort of their homes and businesses and doing something positive for the environment at the same time. For more information about Columbia’s energy-efficiency programs, visit Save Money!

Investor-owned utilities in Ohio are required to meet specific energy reduction targets. The ENERGY STAR New Homes Program is part of AEP Ohio’s overall energy efficiency and peak demand response efforts to meet the State of Ohio target of reducing electricity consumption 22 percent by the end of 2025. For more information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency consumer programs, events and tips, visit AEPOhio.com/Rebates.

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Ohio Power Company in Ohio and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east and north Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. News releases and other information about AEP can be found at AEP.com.