The EnergyValue Hous-ing Award (EVHA) is the nation’s preeminent energy-efficiency award honoring builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into all aspects of new-home construction. Winners of the award will be honored for their vision during an awards ceremony held at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January 2009. Now in its 14th year, the EVHA is coordinated annually by the NAHB Research Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the NAHB.

Providing value to customers through energy efficiency has always been a central theme of the EVHA. Each year, finalists are evaluated by a panel of noted energy-efficiency experts for their energy value, design, construction methods, and processes. Additionally, they are judged on their marketing of the homes in the categories of affordable, custom, factory-built, production, and multifamily in hot, moderate, and cold climate regions. One finalist also earns the notable designation of Builder of the Year for the most inventive design.

Applications for the prestigious 2009 award are now being accepted and must be postmarked by July 11, 2008. A panel of industry experts thoroughly reviews each application and provides insightful feedback for each applicant. Whether you win an EnergyValue Housing Award or not, the process and the accompanying evaluation reports are important tools for planning strategic changes to improve your business.

Every award applicant is invited to attend the EVHA dinner ceremony—a banquet honoring the EVHA winners. The opportunities are endless for the winners as they receive national recognition, gain marketing power and prestige, and join the ranks of the nation’s energy-efficient elite.

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