Finalists Selected for EnergyValue Housing Awards
Thirteen builders have been selected as finalists for the NAHB Research Center's 2008 EnergyValue Housing Awards (EVHA).
The EVHA are presented each year to home builders across the country who incorporate energy efficiency and environmental stewardship into the design, construction and marketing of their new homes. Now in its 13th year, the EVHA program aims at educating builders, trades and consumers about successful approaches to green and resource-efficient home building.
EVHA winners will be announced on Feb. 13 during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando.
Award categories include affordable, custom, factory-built, production and multifamily housing in hot-, moderate- and cold-climate regions. Each finalist will be presented with a silver or gold award, and one will be named the “Builder of the Year.”
Finalists for the 2008 awards are:
- Aspen Homes of Colorado; Loveland, Colo.
- Cherokee Investment Partners; Raleigh, N.C.
- Community Housing Partners; Christiansburg, Va.
- The Cohousing Company; Nevada City, Calif.
- Ferrier Builders; Fort Worth, Texas
- Fireside Home Construction; Dexter, Mich.
- John Wesley Miller Companies; Tucson, Ariz.
- Pardee Homes; Los Angeles
- R. Godfrey Homes; Glen Rose, Texas
- Stitt Energy Systems; Rogers, Ark.
- Sustainable Development, Inc.; Salem, Ore.
- Veridian Homes; Madison, Wis.
- Wilshire Homes; Houston
Judging for the awards program was completed in September by a panel of experts in the fields of engineering, residential energy, construction, design and marketing. This year’s finalists were selected based on their homes’ energy value, design, construction methods and processes, marketing and customer relations efforts, and their ability to successfully execute a whole-house, systems-design approach.
Online voting is now underway for the popular “People’s Choice” award category, which allows members of the public to select their favorite home design from among this year’s finalists. A voting ballot is available at www.nahbrc.org/evha/voting.aspx until Feb. 12.
According to the judges, EVHA applicants have raised the bar each year in proving that energy-efficient homes can offer both higher performance and the popular aesthetic features sought by home buyers. Among the finalists’ entries, judges found exemplary practices related to climate-specific selection of equipment and systems, advanced air sealing and ductwork, high-efficiency equipment, innovative construction techniques and consumer education.
The EVHA 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, to purchase ceremony tickets or to vote for the “People’s Choice” award, visit www.nahbrc.org/evha or contact Dr. Kevin Mo, EVHA program manager, at 301-430-6210.