In a recent blog post, I wrote about new guidance EPA published to help building professionals address moisture control, which is key to controlling many indoor contaminants. Beyond providing this type of guidance, we seek to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by encouraging builders and home energy raters to participate in EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program. Indoor airPLUS offers construction specifications and a simple, straightforward checklist to achieve an EPA label for improved IAQ in new homes.
It has been our experience that consumers are as concerned with the health, safety, and comfort of their homes as they are with reducing utility bills and maintenance costs. EPA created Indoor airPLUS in 2009 to help builders meet this growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. Building on the successes of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program, Indoor airPLUS adds a few simple steps during construction, which can help protect homeowners from mold, pests, combustion by-products, and other airborne pollutants, while they are in the house. And, keeping our buildings healthy has never been more important as we make them more energy efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
EPA is proud of the many Indoor airPLUS partners across the country who are committed to offering homebuyers these important features in their homes. This year seven partners are receiving the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award. This award recognizes companies that excel in promoting the benefits of improved IAQ by participating in the Indoor airPLUS Program. I am thrilled to announce the following builders and Home Energy Raters, recognized by EPA as leaders in their fields:
2014 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award Winners
- C&B Construction (Cottonwood, AZ)
- Foxwood Builders (Wake Forest, NC)
- Palo Duro Homes (Albuquerque, NM)
- ASERusa (St. Louis, MO)
- E3 Energy, LLC (Flagstaff, AZ)
- Integral Building & Design (New Paltz, NY)
- Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (Norwalk, CT)
Participating in voluntary programs such as ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS helps to protect the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creates safer, healthier building environments forour families. These programs are part of the agency’s strategy for creating healthier buildings for a changing climate. Congratulations again to our deserving Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners who have stepped up to Indoor airPLUS! More details about each winner are available on the Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards page.