Challenge Homes Save $15 Million in Energy Costs, Eliminate 71,000 Tons of Carbon Pollution
On January 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that more than 10,000 homes have been constructed to meet the energy efficiency specifications of the voluntary Builders Challenge initiative. Homes built under this initiative have generated an estimated energy cost savings of nearly $15 million and slashed 71,000 tons of carbon emissions since 2008.
DOE has recently updated the Builders Challenge program in response to increased energy codes and improving innovations. The updated program continues to promote clean energy innovations and best practices in the homebuilding industry, and the homes built under this updated initiative aim to save up to 40% more energy compared with 2009 energy codes.
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