Entry Deadline Extended for NAHB Green Building Awards
The entry deadline for the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards has been extended to Feb. 14.
The prestigious annual awards honor home builders, remodelers and home builders associations and other organizations for advancing green building through innovative design and construction techniques, excellent educational programs and successful advocacy efforts.
The awards will be presented at a gala dinner during the NAHB National Green Building Conference. The 11th annual conference is set for May 8-10 in Dallas.
Awards organizers have made a number of changes and improvements to make this year’s application process easier. For the first time, no binders or other application packets will be accepted; to conserve paper, all applications must be submitted by mail on a compact disk.
NAHB has also introduced the Advocate of the Year — State and Local Government Award to honor individuals or teams who promote green initiatives and go the extra mile to advance sustainable building and development strategies in their communities. Applications for this award must be submitted by the home builders association in that particular jurisdiction.
To be eligible, projects must have been started after June 2007 and substantially completed by December 2008.
In order to facilitate the judging, project entries can be scored to the green certification program of the applicant’s choice, but must also be scored to the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines — the rating system for NAHBGreen. NAHBGreen's online scoring tool generates checklists that can easily be saved to the submission disk.
“The tremendous growth of this popular awards program reflects the growth of green building practices all over the country,” said NAHB Green Building Subcommittee Chair Ray Tonjes, a home builder in Austin, Texas.
Tonjes was honored at the 2008 NAHB National Green Building Awards in New Orleans with the Lifetime Advocacy Award. A longtime subcommittee chair, he speaks frequently on NAHB’s green building efforts.
Information on the awards process and downloadable entry forms are available at www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards.
For additional information, e-mail Chad Riedy at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8225.