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A New First In Green Building

The Jones Company has something to brag about.  This builder already has a portfolio of single-family homes that have received certification under the National Green Building Standard.  Their hard work and  green karma paid off Monday when they were awarded a bronze medal certification for the Park Run Community at McKay’s Mill in Franklin, Tennesee.

Big deal, just another community, right?  Nope.  The Park Run community is comprised of two condominium buildings, with a total of 23 planned, making this the first multi-family housing complex to receive this certification.

Congratulations to The Jones Company!

The challenge has arisen for other condo and apartment communities to be built green, so hopefully we should see more of them.  With more consumers looking for an environmentally responsible home, The Jones Company should simply be the first with many more builders to follow suit.

Certification under the National Green Building Standard is awarded by the NAHB Research Center, a subsidiary of NAHB.  To become certified, a home is measured on energy efficiency, environmental construction, site and lot design and indoor air quality.  The builder also has to educate homeowners on proper maintenance and operation to keep their home running green.

The Park Run community utilized the expected Energy Star appliances and lights, energy-efficient windows, low-flow faucets and low-VOC flooring in their homes.  What really sets it apart though, was the handling of the site.  All unused building materials were recycled, and the landscaping uses plants native to the area to avoid excess watering.

Are you currently building green?  Check out the NAHB green scoring tool from the NAHB Research Center to determine if you’d be eligible for certification.

Enter the National Green Building Awards Today!

National Association of HomebuildersEach year the National Association of Home Builders holds the National Green Building Awards to honor builders and developers who excel in green residential design, construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts through the National Green Building Awards.

If this sounds like you then make sure to get together all the necessary paperwork and forms and send them in. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted no later then February 3, 2010 on one CD. No print materials will be accepted or reviews.

Award categories include:

  • Advocate of the Year (Builder, Remodeler, Individual, Group)
  • Advocate of the Year (State or Local Government)
  • Green Project(s) of the Year (Single Family, Remodel, Multifamily)
  • Green Site Development of the Year
  • HBA Green Building Program of the Year (New and Existing)

All projects entered in the Green Project of the Year category must have been started after June 2008 and substantially completed by December 2009, in order to be eligible.

How will the projects be scored?

All project entries can be scored to the green certification program of the applicant’s choice. But in order to better facilitate the judging process, all single-family homes must be scored with the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines or the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard.

Multifamily and site development projects must be scored using the ICC 200-2008 National Green Building Standard.

This  Online Green Scoring Tool, provided by the National Association of Home Builders will generate checklists that can easily be saved to the submission disk.

All winners will receive one complimentary ticket to the awards dinner on May 17, 2010 as part of the 12th Annual National Green Building Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

So don’t delay! Make sure you fill out your forms and get your applications in as soon as possible.