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Judges Selected for EnergyValue Housing Awards

Six judges for the 12th annual EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) program were announced by the NAHB Research Center on July 6.

The awards honor home builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into the design, construction and marketing of new homes. One of the finalists is then selected as Builder of the Year.

The EVHA will be presented during the 2007 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla. in the affordable, custom, factory-built, production and multifamily categories for hot, moderate and cold climate regions.

The application process for the awards requires a great amount of detail, and the feedback that applicants receive from the judging panel is one of the most beneficial parts of the review process, providing companies with unique access to the panel’s expertise.

Representing the fields of engineering, residential energy, construction, design and marketing, this years judges are:

  • Returning panelist Walt Auburn, as assistant director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), is responsible for the development and implementation of energy-efficiency programs in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. He has secured numerous U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency grants to educate Maryland consumers, business and builders about energy efficiency. Auburn is certified as a RESNET Energy Rater and has been active in the energy arena for more than 30 years through his work in a wide variety of energy, housing and environmental management positions.

  • Steve Baden is executive director of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and has more than 27 years of experience in the residential energy-efficiency field, including 18 years working with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels. He has received “Lifetime Achievement Awards” from the U.S. Department of Energy and RESNET.

  • First-time judge Judith Fosdick is the president of Tierra Concrete Homes, Inc. and an active voice for renewable energy and sustainable building practices. Fosdick participates in many industry associations, including the Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society. Her avocation is educating the public on green building principles, particularly passive solar design and high thermal mass construction. Fosdick also team-teaches workshops on designing low energy buildings using Energy 10 — an analytical tool that illustrates the energy advantage of passive solar strategies. Tierra Concrete Homes has won a number of Gold and Silver EnergyValue Housing Awards, including Builder of the Year in 2002.

  • David G. Hales is a first-time EVHA judge with more than 25 years of experience in building science and construction. In his current role as a building systems specialist with the Washington State University Energy Program, Hales provides technical assistance, curriculum development, training and demonstrations for utilities and the construction industry in support of energy-efficient design and construction. He has expertise in residential energy codes, home diagnostics and sustainable construction.

  • Returning judge Dr. Ali A. Jalalzadeh-Azar is a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he currently supports the NREL Building America Program as a researcher and technical monitor. Since 2001, he has led NREL’s combined heat and power (CHP) research efforts and initiated and conducted numerous analytical and field studies on CHP and HVAC systems. Dr. Jalalzadeh received an ASHRAE Best Paper Award in 2004 and an ASHRAE Crosby Field Award in 2005.

  • David Richmond is a returning EVHA judge with more than 30 years experience in commercial and residential construction. For the last 15 years he has been exclusively involved in the field of energy-efficient residential design and construction. As a past president of the Energy and Environment Building Association, Richmond is a strong advocate of the "systems" approach to energy-efficient construction and has provided support to builders interested in incorporating the latest building science methods in their construction efforts.

Judging the EVHA is a two-part process. First, each judge independently reviews the applications. Second, the judges will meet as a group in early October to review the applications and select the winners.

The announcement of the winning entries will remain embargoed until the presentation of awards at the IBS in February.

The EVHA program is coordinated by the NAHB Research Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and NAHB.

For more information on EVHA and previous winners, click here, or e-mail Dr. Kevin Mo, EVHA program manager, at 301-430-6210.

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