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March - April 2003

Energy

Government Agencies Work Together to Promote Energy Star® Products

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Energy have announced a formal partnership to promote Energy Star through HUD's affordable housing programs. These efforts to promote Energy Star will not only improve the energy efficiency of the affordable housing stock, but will help protect the environment, according to an EPA press release.

"President Bush directed the federal government to find ways to promote energy efficiency and conservation," Mel Martinez, HUD's secretary, said. The "agreement is a major step toward ensuring that our agencies work together to improve the energy efficiency of new and existing homes by promoting the use of Energy Star."

"EPA's Energy Star program provides government agencies, businesses and consumers with the opportunity to buy energy-efficient products that conserve energy, save money and protect the environment," Whitman said. "We have seen the success that can be had when agencies come together with shared resources and knowledge to achieve our goals."

Through this agreement, the three agencies will work together to promote the purchase of Energy Star-labeled appliances as well as windows and doors by the nation's housing authorities and in HUD's inventory of privately owned assisted housing. The agreement will also promote the construction of new Energy Star-labeled homes through HUD programs. These efforts will include developing Energy Star informational and promotional materials, which can be distributed to field staff, public housing authorities, formula and competitive grant recipients and assisted housing property managers to help educate home buyers and homeowners on the benefits of purchasing Energy Star products or of building energy-efficient new homes.

New Program Hopes to Increase Market Share of Energy-Efficient Products

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (the Alliance), a non-profit organization, has announced the initiation of a new program to work in partnership with window manufacturers, architects and developers to increase the market share of efficient manufactured windows in small- to medium-sized commercial and multi-family building projects across the Pacific Northwest. The program seeks to increase market share for energy-efficient products from an estimated baseline of 12 percent to 50 percent by 2005 and 70 percent by 2010.

The Alliance is currently meeting with manufacturers on how manufacturers can improve products to make them more energy efficient and then distribute them in the marketplace.

Funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, a Northwestern electric utility, the Alliance's goal is to promote energy-efficient products to manufacturers and distributors of different products, such as windows, in an effort to reduce the amount of electricity used in homes, according to Stacey Hobart, corporate communications director.

The Alliance has awarded a contract for the new commercial windows program to The West Wall Group LLC, a Salem, Ore.-based energy-efficiency consulting firm.

New York Community to Display Energy Star® Project

In an effort to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center has partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to show New York consumers and builders the possibilities available in solar energy as part of New York’s Energy Star Labeled Homes Program.

Essex Homes of Western New York, based in Clarence, N.Y., will construct one of the 12 demonstration projects in the state in its Meadowbrook community in Pendleton.

 

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