Los Angeles-based Pardee Homes was named Green Building Corporate Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB at the the 12th Annual NAHB National Green Building Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday.

The award recognized Pardee's efforts toward bringing green and sustainable building practices to the mainstream; its direct impact on the number of green homes constructed; its educational and marketing programs; and its involvement in grassroots activities that aim to help transform the home building industry.

"Pardee Homes was among the first production homebuilders to see the need and the value of a green building program, and its achievements in this regard now span more than a decade," said Eric Borsting, chair of NAHB's green building subcommittee. "They have found a niche in their markets and we commend them for helping to further green while educating the consumer on the value green offers."

"The Green Advocate designation acknowledges a tremendous investment of time, effort and painstaking learning by our workforce and our sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants," said Mike McGee, president and CEO of Pardee Homes. On behalf of them all, I thank the judges."

Pardee has been growing greener since 1998, but made its biggest committment in 2001 with the creation of its LivingSmart(R) program in San Diego. In 2009, Pardee Homes made a company-wide commitment to building LivingSmart homes.

"The LivingSmart brand is core to our success as a builder of green homes, and as a green advocate," said Joyce Mason, Pardee's vp/marketing. "Its features are viable, practical and understandable, enabling us to deliver green measures that are within buyers' means while adding to their awareness and knowledge of the many benefits of green."

LivingSmart homes meet or exceeds local, state and national standards for green home building, offering more than 30 included and optional green features, materials and systems that boost energy efficiency, save water, improve indoor air quality and encourage material conservation and the use of recycled or sustainable resources in new homes.