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Golden, Colo., August 8, 2001 - Tierra Concrete Homes, Inc. of Pueblo, Colo., has been recognized as a leader in energy-efficient home building by Energy Star, a national program that develops energy-saving partnerships with the home building industry. The first-ever "Most Energy-Efficient Homes of the New Millennium" award was presented to Colorado builders that have constructed the most energy-efficient housing in the entire state. The Energy Star program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star is a national, voluntary program that develops partnerships with the home building industry to construct homes that use at least 30 percent less energy than required by the Model Energy Code.
With technical support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., Tierra Concrete Homes has created prototype homes in Pueblo estimated to be 55 percent more energy efficient than an Energy Star base case building.
NREL's research on low energy residences is sponsored by DOE's Building America Program. Building America conducts systems engineering research and system cost/performance tradeoffs to increase energy performance with minimal increases in housing cost. See the Building America Web site.
Tierra Concrete Homes is participating in the 2001 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes Aug. 10 - 19 in Cherry Creek Crossing.
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