This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

March 16, 2005

Builders' Group Presents 11 National Awards for Green Building

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented 11 winners with National Green Building Awards on March 14th. The awards went to five projects that exemplified green building in a variety of buildings, including an Oregon house that can produce more energy than it consumes; energy-efficient production homes manufactured in Wisconsin; an energy-efficient multifamily building in Pennylvania; and a historic building renovation in Maryland that used insulated glass and innovative foam insulation. Other winners include the California Green Builder program, an effort to market green buildings in Florida, and green building advocates in Georgia and Massachusetts. One notable winner was DOE's Building America project, which was named the Green Advocate of the Year for a Group or Organization. See the NAHB announcement.

DOE's Building America project is a private-public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes by helping the industry adopt systems engineering approaches to home design and construction. Private sector partners contribute construction materials and labor costs for Building America's research homes and communities. The Building America approach has been used in the design of 26,245 houses in 34 states. See the Building America Program Web site.