Bob Burnside Becomes One of The First Certified Green Professional Builders

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Robert Burnside, president of Fireside Home Construction, has become one of the nation's first home builders to earn a Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation. The designation is awarded after completing intensive coursework on green building principles and practices. CGB is sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.

Our precious earth has limited resources

When Bob Burnside left his executive job at General Motors to become a home builder, he decided to construct homes that save on energy. Today, Burnside's company, Fireside Home Construction, is recognized as a leader in custom "green" home construction.

Burnside recently became one of the nation's first home builders to earn the designation of Certified Green Professional (CGP) from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

CGP is a new designation that teaches builders, remodelers and building industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into the homes they build without driving up the cost of construction. Burnside earned the designation by completing intensive industry-related courses that focused on providing a solid background in green building methods, business management and marketing. Additionally, Burnside was required to possess a minimum of two years building experience, a proven track record of successful project management, and a pledge to uphold the CGP's code of ethics.

For more than 11 years, Fireside Home Construction has been at the forefront of green building with high performance, sustainable homes for families living in southeast Michigan. The company's mission is built around constructing custom homes that are energy efficient, healthy, comfortable and have a positive impact on the environment.

"Our precious earth has limited resources," said Burnside. "At Fireside, we feel obligated to preserve the environment for our children and for generations to come. To this end, we are committed to building green, environmentally-friendly homes."

About Fireside Home Construction
Fireside Home Construction ( has been building new custom homes and providing remodeling services since 1996. Fireside also focuses on respecting the environment by incorporating green building and energy efficient building technology into every home it builds. For the past three years, Fireside Home Construction has been awarded a national EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. In addition, the company has received numerous state and local energy efficiency and green building awards. It also received the first Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate in Michigan.

About NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 205,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as "the voice of the housing industry," NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country.


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