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EPA Praises Harwood's ENERGY STAR(r) Buildings in Dallas

Release Date: 6/14/2001
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

     Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman presented new ENERGY STAR(r) labels for four buildings owned and operated by Harwood.

     Whitman presented ENERGY STAR labels at the Harwood International Phase II Building, 2728 N. Harwood in Dallas, which was the first in the nation to rate the highest possible score -- a perfect 99 -- on the ENERGY STAR benchmark. Whitman was joined by Doug Walker, president of Harwood Management Services, who pointed out the building's energy efficiency advantages.

     "Under President Bush's leadership, we are entering a new era of environmental protection," said Whitman. "This era will be marked by partnerships among all those who affect and are concerned about the environment. ENERGY STAR is a good example of how these partnerships will work. Harwood is helping set the pace for the rest of America's business community. Through its voluntary efforts to save energy, Harwood helps America achieve its energy goals. We are proud to continue in the spirit of cooperation that helped Harwood International receive EPA's Commercial Real Estate Partner of the Year Award in 2000."

     Doug Walker said, "Harwood's commitment to energy conservation has enabled us to deliver office buildings that produce lower operating costs and increased return on investment to the owner, while reducing overall occupancy expenses to tenants.  Since becoming a charter member in 1996, ENERGY STAR has proven to be an outstanding partner in helping us achieve record-setting efficiency."

     The four new ENERGY STAR buildings, which total approximately 800,000 square feet of office space, are 5401 North Central Expressway, the Harwood International Center Phase IV building, The Oaks at Turtle Creek, and Harrington Place. Over five hundred buildings nationwide have received the ENERGY STAR Label since 1998.

     ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, conserve energy, save consumers money and reduce pollution. ENERGY STAR has reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to eliminating millions of cars annually and produced a net savings of $4 billion per year through 2010.

     ENERGY STAR has expanded to cover new homes, the commercial building market, and individual consumer products such as residential heating and cooling equipment, major appliances, office equipment, lighting, and consumer electronics.

     More information about ENERGY STAR is available on EPA's web site,