Office of Energy Policy
ENERGY STAR HOMES TAKE HOLD IN KENTUCKY
During the past year, more than 800 ENERGY STAR labeled homes have been constructed in Kentucky, with over 75 percent of those built by Arlinghaus Builders. There are 45 ENERGY STAR builder partners in the Commonwealth, with Arlinghaus being one of 10 builders in the state who construct only ENERGY STAR labeled homes.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes are independently verified to be at least 30 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 1993 national Model Energy Code or 15 percent more efficient than the state energy code, whichever is more rigorous. These savings are based on heating, cooling, and hot water energy use and are typically achieved through a combination of: effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction, tight ducts and energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. Almost 10 percent of new homes built nationwide receive the ENERGY STAR label, and since 1995, over 360,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes have been built.
Arlinghaus Builders, which began constructing homes in 1975, is locally owned and operated and is now developing sites and building homes in several locations in Northern Kentucky. The company constructs about 225 ENERGY STAR homes per year, primarily in Boone and Kenton Counties, which range in price from $165,000 to $450,000. Arlinghaus maintains model homes in five communities and is one of the largest homebuilders in Northern Kentucky.
“Every job is important to the company, and everyone involved works to construct a quality home we would feel comfortable living in ourselves. Each of our homes features ENERGY STAR appliances, compact fluorescent lights and reduced air infiltration,” said Ted Arlinghaus. “Reduced air infiltration leads to improved comfort, better indoor air quality and lower utility costs.”
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary, government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Governor Fletcher issued the state’s first comprehensive energy strategy in February 2005 (Kentucky's Energy: Opportunities for our Future). It contains 54 recommendations to guide the commonwealth's policy-making as it relates to energy. Included in the Governor’s recommendations is the development of public-private partnerships to promote energy efficiency through education and outreach. ENERGY STAR has become one of the catalysts to put that recommendation into action.
A copy of Kentucky’s comprehensive energy strategy, as well as information about a series of high-performance home workshops geared toward builders, can be found at www.energy.ky.gov. For more information about ENERGY STAR qualified homes, visit www.energystar.gov.