A solar panel powers a series of spotlights that highlight the New Mexico Army National Guard sign outside the Guard's compound in Rio Rancho, N.M. The Guard is making energy conservation the focus of a mission for all its units statewide. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
TOPEKA CITY HALL -- The City of Topeka’s Department of Housing & Neighborhood Development (HND) is hosting a public forum for the purpose of introducing the exciting new ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Pilot Program. The event is intended to increase awareness of the potential benefits which can be gained through using sustainable building practices and energy efficient products and appliances. The session is scheduled from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on July 7 at the Holliday Conference Room on the first floor of the Holliday Building located at 620 SE Madison in Topeka, KS.
Instruction will be provided by Hathmore Technologies, LLC and will include a speaking presentation accompanied by a slideshow containing information on the latest energy efficiency concepts used in the construction of ENERGY STAR certified homes. Attendees will be given an overview of ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 including the advantages that are to be gained by the builder, rater and utility contractors working together. Information will also be provided on how meeting ENERGY STAR standards can increase property values compared to other non-ENERGY STAR certified homes.
This is a free event and is open to the public. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 standards.
Topeka was the recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency/Housing and Urban Development ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in both 2009 and 2010. Building on these past successes, Topeka HND has been selected as one of only five locations in the U.S., and the only city to sponsor the new ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 standards prior to the official 2012 implementation. The pilot program will be one way of helping the City achieve its ten year goals for reduced energy consumption by 2020 established in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS). The City is also using this opportunity to continue to put money back in the pockets of homeowners through lower utility bills and increased home values.
About ENERGY STAR:
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 17,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).