(Louisville, Ky.) March 14, 2012 – A competitive trend is growing within the Commonwealth to build the best-of-the best in energy-efficient construction, and home builder Dominion Homes is proud to be recognized for helping pave the way.
Louisville Gas & Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company recognized Dominion Homes during the recent Midwest Regional ENERGY STAR Conference, held in Lexington, for building one of the most energy efficient homes in the LG&E and KU service territories and its “excellence in energy efficiency” in 2011.
With a Home Energy Rating System index score of 64, this new home is expected to be 36% more efficient than a new home built to standard code.
“We’re proud to recognize Dominion Homes and ENERGY STAR-qualified home construction in the Commonwealth. A more energy-efficient home translates to lower energy use and lower energy bills,” said David Huff, LG&E and KU Director of Customer Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Strategy.
Dominion Homes was one of five builders and one HERS rater recognized by the utilities for having the most energy-efficient, highest performing ENERGY STAR-qualified home available on the market in the LG&E and KU service territories.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized yet again for our energy efficient home designs,” said Jarrod Vowels, General Manager of Dominion Homes’ Kentucky Division. “We are constantly striving to improve our building processes, which you can see from the HERS score. Last year, we earned this award with a score of 71 – this year’s score dropped to a 64. We’re incredibly proud of that. It’s one thing to build a new home more energy efficient than a re-sale home; but to validate that we’re saving our customers money over other newly built homes makes us feel great about the new homes Dominion builds.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR qualification, a home must exceed state standards and surpass strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the LG&E and KU program.
How is a HERS Index Score Tallied?
The homes are assessed throughout the construction process and receive third-party Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index scores, which model the efficiency of the home based on factors like air tightness, equipment efficiencies and energy usage.
Depending on its energy usage, a home’s index score ranges from from zero energy usage to 100, which equates to the average energy usage of homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC). (The 2007 Kentucky residential building code is a modified version of the 2006 IRC, and closely approximates the performance of the 2004 reference code home.)
About the LG&E and KU Energy-Saving New Homes Program
The LG&E and KU Energy-Saving New Homes Program was created in 2008 as part of the Energy Efficiency programs portfolio to help educate builders, customers and industry leaders about how to build a more energy-efficient home. Since February 2009, the program has helped spur the construction of more than 2,300 ENERGY STAR-qualified homes within the utilities’ service territories. The estimated energy savings achieved through more efficient construction standards from 2,336 homes are the equivalent of planting 1,892acres of trees and reducing 13.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.