The House Designers and ENERGY STAR® Present the First-Ever Green Home Plan Competition

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The House Designers and ENERGY STAR® present the first-ever Green Home Plan Competition inviting all eco-friendly, residential home building manufacturers to submit green products to be specified on the winning blueprints.

The House Designers (THD) and ENERGY STAR® are sponsoring the first-ever Green Home Plan Competition that will broaden the selection of authentic green home plans for consumers and builders that qualify for being "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR®". All house plans submitted in the competition will be available via THD's exclusive online ENERGY STAR® house plan collection.

"We came up the idea for the first-ever THD/ENERGY STAR® Green Home Plan Competition to encourage architects and designers to design sustainable, energy efficient homes to provide healthier living environments while promoting building practices that use energy, water and materials more efficiently," said Tammy Crosby, COO of The House Designers, the internets leading provider of residential stock house plans.

"This is just another way to for us to promote our initiative with ENERGY STAR® to build healthy, affordable and energy efficient homes that incorporate green building techniques and eco-friendly products."

All home plan submissions must meet the "Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR®" criteria and include the following eco-friendly products in order to qualify as ENERGY STAR:

  •     High efficiency air conditioners without HCFC
  •     Insulated vinyl siding
  •     Kitchen recycling center
  •     Low or no-VOC paints
  •     Recycled wood flooring
  •     Smart Home Technology
  •     Green roofing systems
  •     Steel or sustainable framing systems
  •     Wind power generator
  •     Solar water heating systems
  •     Insulated concrete forms
  •     Radiant flooring
  •     ENERGY STAR® appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washers/dryers
  •     Energy-efficient windows and doors
  •     EPA WaterSense products, like faucets, showerheads and toilets.

The goal of the competition is to offer consumers and builders a wider array of green home plans to choose from to build environmentally conscientious homes from the onset as soon as they break ground on new home construction. All qualifying house plans in the competition will be complete construction drawings, fully detailed that meet or exceed the International Residential Code incorporating different orientations to accommodate the building lot.

Residential building manufacturers committed to sustainable, eco-friendly products can participate in the competition by having their products specified directly on the house plans that will be available to consumers and builders. For sponsorship information please email tcrosby@thehousedesigners.com or call (203) 856-9334.

All submitted qualifying house plans will be added to the internet's only ENERGY STAR® home plan collection.

ABOUT THE HOUSE DESIGNERS
The House Designers (http://www.TheHouseDesigners.com) are the leading residential architects and designers in the U.S. comprising the majority of pre-drawn plans in America. THD has the best selling, most popular house plans in America all under one roof owned and operated directly by the designers. They have clients who have built their homes in every state in the U.S. and in 56 countries around the globe.

ABOUT ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR® was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR® label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products as well as buildings and new homes. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR®, prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2007 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR®, saved $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million vehicles.

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