updated 6/21/2011 2:17:36 PM ET 2011-06-21T18:17:36

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In recognition of its role in advancing energy-efficient home construction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Environments For Living® program from Masco Home Services, Inc., with an ENERGY STAR® for Homes Leadership in Housing Award.   The Environments For Living program is one of the largest providers of ENERGY STAR qualified homes, with more than 140,000 homes built under the program requirements since the launch of the program in 2001.  www.environmentsforliving.com

Each year, the EPA's ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program presents Leadership in Housing Awards to partners who have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building or verifying an outstanding number of ENERGY STAR qualified homes, or by sponsoring a local program that supported these activities during the previous year.

"Homeowners care most about energy efficiency," said Dave Bell, Director of Building Science for Masco Home Services.  "We're pleased to be recognized by the EPA for our role in providing homeowners with comfortable homes that use energy wisely.  This is a nice addition to the many ENERGY STAR awards the Environments For Living program has received over the years." 

The Environments For Living program is unique in providing tangible, performance-based results in heating and cooling energy use and comfort backed by limited guarantees*.  It addresses multiple home elements, from structural framing and insulation installation, to mechanical systems and moisture management.

For more information on the Environments For Living program, visit www.environmentsforliving.com .

Masco Home Services, Inc., a Masco company, is an innovative leader in home performance and creating energy-efficient, comfortable homes. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the company serves both homeowners and residential builders through the Environments For Living®, and Environments For Living Certified Green® programs. The company also serves homeowners in existing homes with its WellHome® program, which provides home energy audits and retrofitting services.

The Environments For Living program provides a complete suite of turnkey services for builders and issues and administers all limited guarantees* associated with the program. Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading manufacturer of home improvement and building products and a premier provider of services that include installation of insulation and other building products.  www.environmentsforliving.com ; www.wellhome.com ; www.masco.com

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* See the full guarantee for complete details and limitations; visit www.environmentsforliving.com or call toll free (866) 912-7233.

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