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Sunnyside Home Builder Honored

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Valley Quality Homes has been recognized as the state’s 1998 Energy Efficient Builder of the Year by the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program.

The award was made Thursday (Feb. 4) in recognition of the builder’s dedication to the production of Super Good Cents & Natural Choice homes, according to Chuck Murray of the WSU Energy Program.

“Valley is an outstanding energy efficient builder,” Murray said. “They include the Super good Cents & Natural Choice energy efficient features in every home. They exceed program standards by installing superior windows. Valley consistently passes the quality control checks without a hitch. All this adds up to award-winning energy performance.

“The Super Good Cents logo has helped consumers identify energy efficient electrically heated homes for 15 years,” Murray said. “The new Natural Choice logo identifies the same energy efficiency features in homes heated with natural gas or propane.”

Homes built to the Super Good Cents & Natural Choice standards include superior insulation, state-of-the-art windows, and a high quality ventilation system. They also use about 30 percent less heat than manufactured homes built to the national code.

“Valley Quality Homes is involved in every stage of the manufacturing process,” Murray said. “This includes design, manufacturing, sales and final set-up on the home buyer’s lot. Most manufacturers use sub-contractors to set up their homes. Valley’s complete involvement assures a high level of quality control.”

Valley Quality Homes manufactures homes in Sunnyside and sells them through their own dealers in Wenatchee, Yakima, Kennewick and Moses Lake.

The WSU Cooperative Extension Energy Program oversees the quality control program for the Super Good Cents & Natural Choice program in Washington. Regional utilities sponsor the Super Good Cents & Natural Choice program through the Northwest Energy efficiency Alliance.

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