With the current state of the national economy, consumers are looking for ways to reduce costs wherever they can — operation of their homes is certainly no exception. In direct response to their customers' needs, and their own desire to "do the right thing," many home builders and remodelers have taken strides to incorporate features that make homes more energy efficient, comfortable, cost-effective to operate and maintain, and generally more friendly to the natural environment.
Last week at the National Association of Home Builders 2012 International Builders' Show, an elite group of these consciecious residential professionals received EnergyValue Housing Awards (EVHA) for new and existing homes.
Now in its 17th year, the EVHA challenges builders to elevate standards for energy-efficient new construction and remodeling; provides educational opportunities for building professionals; and fosters the adoption of energy efficiency principles. Winners are selected from projects in three climate regions (cold, moderate, hot) and five categories (Affordable, Custom/Demonstration, Multifamily, Production and Existing homes.)
This year 17 builders and remodelers from 12 states were selected to receive a 2012 EVHA. From among all the gold award winners, Nexus EnergyHomes,Inc. (gold award in New, Production Homes, Moderate Climate category) of Frederick, Md., was selected as this year's Builder of the Year, and Ferrier Builders, Inc. (gold award in Existing, Reconstruction/Demonstration Homes, Hot Climate category) of Fort Worth, Texas, was selected as Remodeler of the Year. Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., of Rogers, Ark., captured the People's Choice award by garnering the most online votes prior to the award ceremony, and also received a silver award in the Moderate Climate, New Custom/Demonstration Home category.
This year's other gold and silver award winners were as follows:
Armstrong Builders, LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii – SILVER, New Affordable Category, Hot Climate
Colorado Dream Homes, Inc., Pagosa Springs, Colo. – SILVER, New Custom/Demonstration Category, Cold Climate
"The quality of this year's slate of award-winning builders and remodelers is outstanding," said NAHB Research Center president, Michael Luzier. "With innovative industry leaders like this as examples, the mission of the EVHA program and the efforts of its partners to expand the focus on environmental consciousness and energy efficiency among builders and remodelers will continue to flourish."
Representing the fourth generation of the Ferrier Companies, Heather Ferrier Laminack functions as the marketing manager for Texas-based green home builder Ferrier Custom Homes, utilizing her passion for sustainable building practices and her first-hand experience of green building techniques.