Home Performance Industry Applauds EPA and DOE’s Decision to Keep the Energy Star Brand in Retrofit Programs
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2012
Jay Murdoch — Executive Director, Efficiency First
Home Performance Industry Applauds EPA and DOE’s Decision to Keep the ENERGY STAR Brand in Retrofit Programs
Washington, DC — Efficiency First, a national trade association of building performance companies and industry allies, applauds the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy for the decision to continue the usage of the federal ENERGY STAR brand in residential retrofit programs. While the agreement has not yet been finalized, all indications are that it will be completed soon.
This welcome news comes after months of speculation that the popular ENERGY STAR brand would be eliminated from use in residential retrofit programs as those programs transition to DOE. Efficiency First thanks EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu for working to resolve this issue in the way that make that most sense for the industry and consumers.
In November 2011, Efficiency First called on EPA and DOE to work out their differences and to continue using the ENERGY STAR brand in residential retrofit programs managed by DOE. Efficiency First also led the effort in pressing both agencies to find agreement. Very quickly, over 475 companies endorsed Efficiency First’s letter on this issue.
“Our members know first-hand that ENERGY STAR is the most recognized and trusted brand in the industry,” said Jay Murdoch, Efficiency First’s Executive Director. “Because our members touch the consumer and homeowner every single day, they know that the elimination of the ENERGY STAR brand would have been a major setback for the future of the residential retrofit industry. Efficiency First would like to thank Administrator Jackson and Secretary Chu and for listening to input from the building performance industry on this matter. We look forward to working with DOE to promote industry growth with initiatives that maintain the high integrity associated with the ENERGY STAR brand.”
An Efficiency First representative is available for comment.
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Efficiency First is the trade association for America’s home performance industry – uniting home performance companies, building product manufacturers and related businesses and organizations.
Efficiency First represents its members in public policy and regulatory discussions at the local, state and national levels to promote the benefits of energy efficiency retrofitting, and to create market and industry demand for member products and services.
For more information: www.efficiencyfirst.org