WASHINGTON — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will honor excellence in green residential design and construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts with the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards.

“Homebuilders and housing industry professionals are instrumental in the adoption of sustainable building practices that benefit home owners, the environment and the economy,” said Ray Tonjes, NAHB Green Subcommittee chair and a green remodeler and builder in Austin, TX. “We look forward to honoring their commitment to green building, and sharing their innovative best practices with the residential construction industry.”

Awards will be given in the following categories: Advocate of the Year (Builder, Remodelor, Individual, Group); Project of the Year (Single Family, Remodel, Multifamily); Development of the Year; HBA Green Building Program of the Year (New and Existing); and Outstanding Green Marketing.

A new category has been established for 2009: the Local Government Award, to recognize a government body that has worked to allow and encourage green practices.  The nomination for this award must come from a local homebuilders’ association.

To be eligible, projects must have been started after June 2007 and substantially completed by December 2008. All award applications, supporting documentation and photographs must be submitted via email or on a compact disk. Entry forms, additional entry requirements and an online application are available at www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards. No paper applications will be accepted. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2009.

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