New Jersey’s largest builder reached a milestone in its commitment to quality and energy efficiency when a Chester, N.J., couple purchased a new home at K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Sea Oaks. The home will be the company’s 200th NJ Energy Star home.Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey – October 1, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Last November, the company said all of its new communities would include only NJ Energy Star homes, which use about one-third less energy than regular homes. “These homes combine quality and energy efficiency, both of which are important to homebuyers,” said Joe Riggs, region president of K. Hovnanian. “By adding energy-efficient features in beautiful, well-designed communities, we are delivering the type of home people want while helping the environment. And that helps everyone.” “Building our homes to NJ Energy Star standards lets us reassure customers that they can save up to one-third on the cost of energy not only on heating and cooling, but on hot water,” Riggs said. “Energy Star homes also are quieter and offer other benefits such as better indoor air quality and strong resale value. And, because of our economies of scale, we’re able to build these homes without adding to the price.” The program promotes the installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, water heaters and appliances in conjunction with advanced building techniques and materials. An independent third-party inspector certifies that each completed home meets the NJ Energy Star standards.