Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bonin Architects Becomes ENERGY STAR® Partner

Our firm, focusing on sustainable design for residential and light commercial structures, has become an Architect / Home Plan Designer ENERGY STAR Partner to meet consumer demand for more environmentally friendly choices. ENERGY STAR is recognized by more than 60% of US consumers nationwide, working with over 12,000 public and private sector organizations that ensure energy efficient products and practices help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment.

Bonin Architects is proud to be able to recommend e
nergy efficient products to our clients. We are dedicated to educating consumers on preserve the environment by incorporating renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal, and wind energy products, as well as energy efficient choices for lighting, appliances, and technology.

ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy, helps protect the environment through business partners. Products, homes, and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

All ENERGY STAR house plans include energy-efficient details and specifications for features such as tight construction and duct systems, properly-installed insulation, high performance windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances to reduce energy costs by 20 to 30 percent. After the home is built, an independent ENERGY STAR Rater calculates and tests the energy efficiency of the home and submits the results to ENERGY STAR for approval.

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