February 05, 2007 08:00 ET

Bosch Establishes Itself as the "Green" Home Appliance Leader With High Efficiency Products and Sustainable Building Initiatives

As the Only Manufacturer to Offer Complete Lines of ENERGY STAR® Qualified Appliances, Bosch Makes It Easy to Save Energy, Water & Money in Your Home

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- Uniting its fabled German engineering and advancements in sensor technology, with an abiding commitment to the environment, premium home appliance maker Bosch has an efficiency achievement no other manufacturer has ever matched. Now in every major appliance category that the ENERGY STAR program rates, each and every Bosch model is ENERGY STAR qualified. Additionally, Bosch's environmental leadership extends far beyond the production of super energy- and water-efficient appliances, using low impact manufacturing, to a variety of initiatives that are advancing "green building" and sustainable home development.

"Bosch has a history as an active and vocal supporter of the green building movement and we are excited that the green market has grown from an $800 million industry in 2000 to $8 billion in 2007, according the U.S. Green Building Council," said Franz J. Bosshard, president and CEO. "Our dedication to sustainable living goes above and beyond our ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and includes partnerships and programs that help consumers, designers and builders quantify the environmental and economic benefits of choosing to go green."

Most recently, Bosch launched a new online Green Resource Center at that offers unique tools such as the Energy Savings Calculator that computes the annual energy costs and savings for individual Bosch appliances, and a localized Rebate Finder that links to the latest information on the ENERGY STAR site. Understanding the different needs of homeowners and builders, developers and architects, the site is divided into different sections for consumer and trade visitors. For example, the trade section simplifies the process of securing appliance credits for the many environmental certification programs, such as LEED® for Homes, Earthcraft House, BuildingGreen and the Santa Monica Green Building Program.

With a portfolio of products that exceed the strict 2007 efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bosch has extended its participation in the voluntary ENERGY STAR program with a special green advertising campaign.

"We depend on committed partners, like Bosch, to market and promote ENERGY STAR appliances and show home builders and consumers how they can save energy, save water, and make a difference with their dollars," said Steve Chalk, Acting Program Manager for the Building Technologies Program at the Department of Energy.

Bosch has also lent its support to non-profits promoting sustainable construction such as the U.S. Green Building Council and Earth Pledge, and developers of new concepts in pre-fabricated green housing such as LivingHomes® and the Glidehouse™. The brand also currently serves as a lead sponsor with the Department of Energy of the National Building Museum's groundbreaking exhibition "The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design," which is currently on display in Washington, D.C. through June 2007.

Examining the latest in sustainable home building technology and design, one of the unique centerpieces of the exhibition is a full-scale, partially built house designed by Glidehouse architect Michelle Kaufmann and equipped with high-efficiency Bosch products, including an ultra quiet dishwasher, front loading washer and dryer, and an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator, to show visitors the spectrum of stylish and green appliance choices available today.

About Bosch

Bosch home appliances is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, the third largest home appliance manufacturer in the world. Inspired by the lifestyle of today's discerning consumers, all Bosch products combine superior performance and excellent quality with unrivaled ease of use. Opened in 1997, the company's appliance park in New Bern, North Carolina is comprised of state-of-the-art factories for washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops. The leader in environmentally friendly home appliances, Bosch manufactures products that regularly receive industry and consumer awards, and its dishwashers are consistently top ranked by leading consumer magazines. For more information, please visit or call 800.921.9622 to request a catalog.

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