The Builder’s Association of Northwest Pennsylvania announced the winner of their 2018 Award of Excellence for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.
Maleno Builders, Inc. was recognized on November 10 for construction practices that keep their homeowners comfortable all-year-round and reduce energy expenses by hundreds of dollars every year.
The award-winning home, located in North East, Pa., features high-efficiency lighting, advanced insulation and construction practices that prevent air from escaping to the outdoors.
“We are proud to recognize Maleno Builders for demonstrating that it can be cost effective to build homes that reduce energy use,” said Bob Himes, Executive Officer of the Builder’s Association of Northwest Pennsylvania. “Plus, the home is beautiful. It’s a great example of smart craftsmanship.”
The builder’s association is offering the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Award at a time of transition for many Pennsylvania homebuilders. Starting in October, changes to state building codes require all residential new construction to be 25% more energy-efficient than homes built to previous standards.
The Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program, offered by FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power), is offering guidance and financial assistance to builders who need help making the transition.
“The building codes were updated this year for the first time in almost a decade. A lot has changed in energy efficiency technologies during those years,” said Zach Ambrose, Program Manager of the Energy Efficient New Homes Program. “We believe we can help Erie’s construction industry meet the new energy efficiency rules in a way that can improve the overall quality, durability, and value of their homes.”
In addition to receiving recognition from their peers, builders whose projects qualify for the Energy Efficient New Homes Program can earn hundreds of dollars or more in financial incentives. For multifamily projects, builders can earn thousands of dollars per building with rebates issued on a per-unit basis.
The Energy Efficient New Homes Program reviewed entries for the Award of Excellence for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. The competition showcased homebuilders who are already ahead of the curve.
Features of modern, energy-efficient homes include LED lighting, high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and smart thermostats that allow better control over homeowner energy expenses.
For information on energy code changes, incentives from the Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program, or the BANWPA Award of Excellence, contact Zach Ambrose at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-715-2297.