By BUILDER Magazine Staff. The Central Texas division of Ryland Homes won the 2003 EVHA (EnergyValue Housing Award) Builder of the Year at January's International Builders' Show.

The Austin, Texas-based Ryland division was the top winner among EVHA gold winners that included Pardee Homes of San Diego; Pruett Builders of Sarasota, Fla.; and Stitt Energy Systems of Rogers, Ark.

Ryland's Central Texas division builds 1,000 homes each year. It won for its 3,154-square-foot home near San Antonio built for $37 per square foot, excluding land. Through a partnership with Masco's Environments for Living program, Ryland offers a two-year guarantee that home heating and cooling will require less than 274 therms and 4,719 kWh per year, for an estimated average monthly cost of $54.

Winning energy features include R-20 blown-in cellulose walls, low-E windows with low solar heat gain properties, radiant barrier roof decking, ducts sealed with mastic and completely contained in conditioned space, a HCFC refrigerant-free air conditioner, and a direct-vent, condensing furnace (92 AFUE).

NAHB Research Center president Mike Luzier says, "Builders like Ryland Homes Central Texas division exemplify what the EVHA program is trying to accomplish--the confluence of social responsibility, energy efficiency, and customer satisfaction. We are proud to work with such extraordinary industry leaders."

The NAHB Research Center manages EVHA in partnership with the DOE through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory.