Boat drinks, country music and a lot of goodwill were the theme of the evening at Monday night's National Green Building Awards by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The awards were presented at the Muddy Boots Mixer at Margaritaville in Nashville, Tenn., during the National Green Building Conference & Expo.
During one heartfelt moment, Ted L. Clifton, a designer-builder and owner of Zero-Energy Plans LLC and CVH Inc., accepting an award on behalf of his son, said, "Last year I watched with envy as Don Ferrier was able to give his lovely daughter Heather [Ferrier Laminack] a green building award and I thought how awesome it would be if my son could win one. This is his award. I'm accepting this on his behalf. He's busy working." Clifton's son is Ted W. Clifton, principal of TC Legend Homes/Zero-Energy Plans, and he won an award for Project of the Year, Single-Family Concept and Research- Enterprise.
"These awards recognize the best and most innovative builders and remodelers in green building", said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. "The demand for green building is growing in leaps and bounds, and these winners set a great example of what can be accomplished in terms of sustainable and energy efficient building practices."
The Green Building Conference & Expo was on April 29 – May 1 at the Nashville Convention Center, and the awards were one of the highlights of the conference, which featured educational programs, an exhibition of green products and a tour of local green homes.
While accepting a project of the year award in the single-family production builder category, C.R. Herro, vice president of environmental affairs for Meritage Homes Corp., said, "Our customers have finally evolved to appreciate and expect this level of homebuilding. Now it is the way we build homes and that's a great thing."
Individual Project Awards
Five single-family home projects were honored:
- MGM Construction of San Francisco, for Project of the Year, Single-Family Custom Builder
- Meritage Homes of Goodyear, Ariz., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Production Builder
- Chandler Design-Build Inc. of Mebane, N.C., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Small Volume Builder
- TC Legend Homes/Zero-Energy Plans LLC of Coupeville, Wash., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Concept and Research- Enterprise
- Purdue University of West Lafayette, Ind., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Concept and Research- Academic
Two remodeling projects and one multifamily project were also honored:
- Trifecta Construction Solutions of Fort Meyers, Fla., for Multifamily Project of the Year
- G HOME by Rocking Horse Redevelopment of Phoenix, Ariz., for Remodeling Project of the Year Over $100,000
- G HOME of Rocking Horse Redevelopment of Phoenix, Ariz., for Remodeling Project of the Year Under $100,000
Green Building Advocacy Awards
Two awards were given to individuals or organizations for their efforts in green building advocacy:
- The Mungo Companies of Irmo, S.C. for Builder Advocate of the Year
- G STREET of Scottsdale, Ariz., as Remodeler Advocate of the Year
NAHB also named T.W. Bailey, of WaterMark Custom Builders in Frisco, Texas the recipient of a special new award, the NAHB Green Outstanding Contribution Award, for his dedication and work to further green building education.
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