Ryland Homes Houston receives EPA's 2014 Energy Certified Homes Market Leader in recognition of the 719 Energy Star certified homes it built in 2013 and the homebuilder's contributions to energy-efficient construction, environmental protection

HOUSTON , April 30, 2014 (press release) – Ryland Homes (NYSE:RYL) Houston, in its pursuance of implementing best practices to preserve and protect the environment, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader. This award pays tribute to the 719 ENERGY STAR® certified homes built by Ryland Homes in 2013, and recognizes Ryland's continued support of and contribution to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection.

Ryland's signature energy-saving initiative, known as HouseWorks®, ensures that every new home is built following the leading industry standards in energy efficiency. The program guarantees the use of energy-efficient materials and features, such as ENERGY STAR® appliances, LoE windows, Low VOC paint and much more. From carefully selected sustainable products to the thoughtful planning of communities, Ryland's HouseWorks® program focuses on all aspects of energy efficiency in the building process to create a better home for you and the Earth.

Through this initiative, Ryland has saved homeowners approximately $215,700 on utility bills and reduced 2.67 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year. This equates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced by 255 passenger vehicles annually; emitted from burning 1.3 million pounds of coal; and saved by planting and growing 30,917 coniferous trees for 10 years according to ENERGY STAR® results.

"The HouseWorks® program, and the contribution it makes preserving the environment and providing homebuyers with a higher quality, more efficient home, is something Ryland is really proud of, " stated Diane Morrison, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ryland Homes.

To earn the ENERGY STAR® label, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. EPA. These homes, which are up to 30% more efficient than typical new homes built today, offer homebuyers a brand-new home that is built better and includes a combination of value-adding energy efficiency features, materials and equipment to deliver better performance. For more information about ENERGY STAR® visit www.energystar.gov.

Since 1967, Ryland Homes has been committed to building high quality, energy-efficient new homes. Today, rooted in its national strength, local focus and unwavering commitment to the customer, Ryland proudly builds in 17 states across the country. For more information about Ryland Homes visit www.Ryland.com.

For more information regarding Ryland Homes, please contact the National Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Diane Morrison, at 813-281-1810 or dmorriso@ryland.com

Ryland Homes
Diane Morrison
National Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Source: Ryland Homes

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