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HGTV Green Home 2009 Earns EPA’s Indoor AirPlus and Energy Star Labels

Release date: 05/14/2009, Contact Information: (News Media Only) Dave Ryan, (202) 564-7827 / 4355 / ryan.dave@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – May 14, 2009) The Home and Garden Television (HGTV) Green Home 2009 has earned EPA’s Indoor AirPlus and Energy Star labels. Indoor AirPlus qualified homes include all the features consumers would normally want in a new home, plus moisture control, radon control, pest barriers, improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, low emitting materials and independent verification.

The home is located in Port St.Lucie, Fla., and its Energy Star and AirPlus labels mean the home will have the latest technology for a healthier living environment.

As with all Indoor AirPlus labeled homes, the HGTV Green Home includes more than 30 home design and construction features to help protect homeowners from a host of health problems associated with poor indoor air quality, including eye irritation, allergies, headaches, and respiratory problems such as asthma.

The Indoor AirPlus Program is a partnership among EPA, builders, standards verification organizations, utilities, and public health and indoor environmental organizations to improve indoor air in new homes. To earn the Indoor AirPlus label, a home must meet strict EPA guidelines insuring good indoor air quality as well as Energy Star guidelines that typically make them 20 to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes.

More information about Indoor AirPlus: http://www.epa.gov/indoorairplus

More information about Energy Star: http://www.energystar.gov