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Ashburn, VA, April 18, 2011 – MABTEC earns award for verifying new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency.

MABTEC is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution MABTEC has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by verifying more than 1,132 ENERGY STAR certified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our Rater's customers approximately $506,004 on utility bills each year.

The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR certified homes are equal to the equivalent of:

  • Eliminating the emissions from 555 vehicles;
  • Saving 3,355,248 lbs of coal;
  • Planting 917 acres of trees; or
  • Saving the environment 6,580,316 pounds of CO2 per year.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 20% more efficient than standard new homes built today.

MABTEC's Director of Quality Assurance, Curtis O'Neal, stated "We are very proud in helping our independent HERS Raters in certifying these homes. This could only have been achieved through their dedication, experience and hard work.

ENERGY STAR certified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.

“ENERGY STAR builder partners offer new homes that are designed and built to standards well above most others on the market today” said Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Because ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo rigorous independent inspections and testing, homebuyers who choose ENERGY STAR can be confident that their new home will offer real energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for years to come.”

Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR and partners, Americans saved nearly $400 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 510,000 vehicles. More than 1.3 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States since the program first began labeling homes in 1995.


MABTEC, a non-profit company, was founded in 1997 to provide education and assistance for low income, senior and reconstruction housing to the building community. MABTEC was a consultant with local governments and builders in the Caribbean in the late 1990’s. In 2001, MABTEC was a consultant to an affordable housing community in North Carolina.

In 2003, MABTEC changed focus on providing education and training towards the energy efficiency of homes. With this focus change, MABTEC has been pursuing opportunities to achieve our goals. In this pursuit, MABTEC has become a HERS Provider and Training Provider. This gives the potential of offering low-cost training and education.


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 127,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2011, by partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).