Whirlpool Corporation Commends Centex as 'Excellence in Sustainability' Award-Winning Builder

Centex Corp. has been selected to receive a Whirlpool Corporation Excellence in Sustainability award for its sustainable insight in the building community. Centex is the inaugural recipient of the award, which recognizes recent projects that demonstrate

sustainable building practices, as defined by LEED and NAHB guidelines, while featuring sustainable appliance options from Whirlpool Corporation's portfolio of brands.

The Excellence in Sustainability awards are part of the Whirlpool Corporation Green Touch™ Program, which helps make it easier to design, build and market sustainable homes. The program provides builders with a variety of practical solutions to help make a sustainable difference, such as sustainable product options, design tools and marketing assistance.

"The method in which homes are built makes a major impact on the community and the world. While many builders are just learning sustainable building practices, Centex is acting as an excellent role model, representing the future of residential building," said Tom Halford, general manager of contract sales and marketing at Whirlpool Corporation.

Centex Energy Advantage homes include a suite of energy-efficient features installed as standard nationwide, including Whirlpool and KitchenAid brand appliances in the kitchen and laundry room. According to a study commissioned with the NAHB Research Center, these homes are up to 22 percent more efficient than comparable new homes built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, the most widely used energy efficiency code. When compared to a typical 10-year-old home, as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Program, the Centex Energy Advantage homes in the study were shown to be up to 40 percent more energy-efficient.*

With more ENERGY STAR qualified appliances than any other appliance manufacturer from its portfolio of brands, Whirlpool Corporation provides numerous appliance packages that save water and energy and safeguard indoor air quality.

About Centex

Dallas-based Centex Corporation, founded in 1950, is one of the nation's leading home building companies. Its homes are marketed and sold under the trade names Centex Homes, Fox & Jacobs Homes and CityHomes. Centex also offers mortgage and title services. Centex has ranked among the top three builders on FORTUNE magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies" for 10 straight years and is a leader in quality and customer satisfaction.

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation works to exceed expectations with appliances that help building professionals create homes of distinction. The company's The Inside Advantage™ Program offers Powerful Brands, Innovative Products, Targeted Services and Consumer Insight to support building professionals.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $19 billion, 70,000 employees and 68 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. For more information on Whirlpool Corporation and its offerings for building professionals, please visit insideadvantage.com or call 1-800-253-3977.

* This study evaluated the energy efficiency gains attributable to the Centex Energy Advantage features in a variety of single-family floor plans typical of the Centex product line in the various climate zones where the Company currently operates. Not all floor plans, building materials or construction techniques were evaluated in the study. Efficiency gains will vary for other plan types, building materials, construction techniques and change of climate zone.

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