ReNews -- Remodelors Council News - 03/20/2008 (Plain Text Version)
Lonny Rutherford, CGR, CAPS
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Livable Communities Award Open for Submissions
AARP and NAHB today announced a call for entries for the second annual Livable Communities Award to honor forward-looking housing industry professionals who have designed and built creative and unique homes that improve the daily comfort, ease of use and safety for the people who live in the homes them.
The AARP and NAHB Livable Communities Award will be presented to builders, remodelers and developers for projects that incorporate such aspects as:
"This year, AARP celebrates its 50th anniversary with the theme of 'Generations Connecting for Change. At AARP, we believe that having livable spaces for people of all physical capabilities - grandparents with walkers, toddlers with toys - facilitates that bond," said AARP Director of Livable Communities Elinor Ginzler. "This award honors the spirit of innovation in design and underscores our commitment to connecting generations."
"NAHB members have responded enthusiastically to this award," said Jerry Howard, NAHB's executive vice president and chief executive officer. "I look forward to seeing the creative entries this year from builders, remodelers, and developers who recognize the tremendous value of this award."
The Livable Communities Awards will honor winners in each of the three industry sectors: builders, developers and remodelers. Sponsors will declare winners for both a large project and small project in each category. Size will define large and small builder and developer projects. Cost will determine remodelers' categories.
Sponsors seek applicants that reflect the full diversity of the homebuilding industry: single- and multi-family builders and remodelers, developers of large and small communities, for profit and nonprofit, family run and corporate entities.
A panel of expert judges appointed by NAHB and AARP will review the applications and select the finalists. Judging criteria vary from category to category, but points will be awarded based on: 1) Universal Design Features; 2) Ease of Maintenance and Energy Efficiency; 3) Exterior Design and Landscaping/Site Design; 4) Incorporation of Livable Community Design Features; and 5) Stakeholder Involvement.
Applications for the second annual Livable Communities Awards will be due June 6, 2008. For more information on the awards or to apply online, please visit the website.
Winning entries will be publicly recognized and announced at an awards program in Washington, D.C. in December 2008. Winners will be notified by NAHB and AARP no later than November 1. Winners also will be provided with supporting materials to recognize their award.
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