Energy Star Homes Wins Approval
MURRAY CHAMPIONS “GREEN” HOUSES – WINS APPROVAL
FOR “ENERGY STAR” HOMES
Thanks to an initiative promoted by Hempstead Supervisor Kate
Murray, area residents will be seeing “green” houses blossoming around
the township. At its March 4meeting, the Hempstead Town Board approved
a Murray proposal that establishes energy star requirements for the
construction of new homes.
“Conserving energy is key to protecting the environment,” stated
Murray. “By creating Energy Star legislation, Hempstead Town is
helping to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet while reducing
energy costs for homeowners.”
The New York State Energy Star Labeled Homes Program, developed by
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and sponsored by the Long
Island Power Authority (LIPA), is designed to help Long Island home
buyers build energy-efficient, comfortable homes that use less energy,
which in turn lowers annual energy costs, reduces air pollution and
helps protect the environment. Energy Star is administered in New York
by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
NYSERDA partners with LIPA to administer the program on Long Island.
The new Energy Star regulation will affect new residential
dwellings that are constructed pursuant to building permits issued as
of August 1, 2008.
Energy Star Labeled Homes are nationally recognized for saving
approximately 30% on home energy costs compared to conventional new
homes because they feature “best building practices and technologies”
for higher efficiency. Home energy efficiency levels are improved in
this program through enhanced insulation, better air sealing,
mechanical ventilation, performance tested heating and cooling
systems, and high-efficiency appliances, lighting and windows.
“The action the town is taking today demonstrates its understanding
that Long Island’s counties, towns, cities and villages can play an
important role in helping to make the region more energy efficient and
reduce energy costs,” said LIPA President and CEO Kevin S. Law. “It is
through actions like these that local government officials can
significantly impact the way energy is used. Since the inception of
the Energy Star Homes program, there have been more than 500 Energy
Star homes built throughout LIPA’s service territory as we work
together with our private and public sector partners in implementing
these new standards. We look forward to continuing working with you as
we on Long Island set a bold new model for nationwide action.”
The town’s Energy Star home construction initiative was embraced by
the Long Island Neighborhood Network, noted its Executive Director
Neal Lewis. The network has been at the forefront of collaborative
efforts with local governments which are focused on green energy,
conservation and ecological responsibility.
"Supervisor Murray and the Town of Hempstead are consistently
demonstrating leadership on energy and environment issues," said Neal
Lewis, Executive Director of the Long Island Neighborhood Network.
"This measure will ensure that all newly constructed homes in
Hempstead are constructed to a higher standard that will reduce
greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, and will also
reduce the energy bills for town residents that live in the town for
decades to come."
“This is a win-win program for the town and homeowners alike,”
concluded Supervisor Murray. “Homeowners save money on energy bills
and all parties are taking positive steps towards helping improve the