Austin, TX (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
The House Designers and ENERGY STAR recently announced winners of the 3rd Annual Green House Plan Competition at an awards banquet on June 1 in Austin, Texas.
“This competition was designed to encourage the leading residential designers and architects in the U.S. to design fresh, original, cutting-edge house plans in support of our partnership with ENERGY STAR® and to encourage consumers and builders to implement sustainability and energy efficiency in the design phase before construction begins”, said Tammy Crosby, Chief Operating Officer of The House Designers.
The results of this year’s competition produced a new collection of sustainable homes that mix high-tech and low-tech materials and systems with timeless architectural styling with up-to-date floor plans to ensure years of easy, efficient living.
“Sustainability cannot be an afterthought. It must be a synergistic process that begins with ENERGY STAR® approved working construction drawings approved by a HERS rater and an ENERGY STAR® qualified builder that follows the strict guidelines to ensure a home is 20-30% more efficient than standard homes,” Crosby said.
All plans will be available in The House Designers exclusive ENERGY STAR® Approved/Green House Plan collection and include requirements for energy-efficient features and construction details such as tight construction and duct systems, properly installed insulation, high performance windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, ENERGY STAR® qualified products, appliances and more.
Manufacturers like Therma-Tru®, Fypon® and Lumber Liquidators® who share The House Designers commitment to building sustainable homes will showcase their latest eco-friendly home products for the third year in a row. These environmentally conscientious companies will also have their eco-friendly products specified directly on the construction blueprints making it easy for consumers to implement green products to provide healthier living environments that use energy, water and materials more efficiently.
Taking first place was house plan THD-4446, a 1,768 square foot one-story with three bedrooms. The designer’s goal was to create an energy-efficient, healthy, green home that addresses severe weather issues and escalating water concerns. View the floor plans of this award-winning new home by clicking here.
Second place winner was THD-4315, a Craftsman house plan featuring 1,858 square feet of living space. This home has been designed with strong consideration of the high humidity, annual rainfall and potential hurricane exposure in the Houston, Texas area.
The modern one-story Houston House Plan won third place and features a unique t-shaped floor plan where the kitchen, dining and living room share an open living space for combined functionality and efficiency. View this unique floor plan and additional images by clicking here.
Additional awards were given for Best Luxury House Plan and Best Small House Plan category, as well as exceptional achievement in the luxury and small house plan category.
View all these award-winning house plans at The House Designers ENERGY STAR/Green House Plan Collection.
About The House Designers: The House Designers is a leading, online residential house plan provider representing top U.S. architects and designers who comprise 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. THD has clients who have built their homes in every state in the U.S. and in 56 countries around the globe.