Fireside Home Construction Wins National Energy Efficiency Award

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Michigan's Fireside Home Construction recently won a Gold EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) from the National Association of Home Builders. For three in a row, Fireside has received an EVHA, one of the nation's most prestigious awards recognizing green builders.

This attractive home, built by Fireside Home Construction in Dexter, MI, recently won a Gold EnergyValue Housing Award. The award recognizes some of the nation's top energy efficient and green built homes.

EVHA winners are pioneers in their fields and the level of innovation and home design this year is outstanding. Clearly, the home building industry's efforts to expand energy efficiency and green building have taken hold and will continue to make a difference for future generations.

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For the third year in a row, Fireside Home Construction (http://www.firesidehomeco.com)] of Dexter, MI, has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center as one of the nation's leading builders in energy-efficient construction. As a winner of the 2008 Gold EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) in the custom home/cold climate category, Fireside continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to building green and energy-efficient homes.

The EVHA program awards builders, like Fireside Home Construction, who successfully demonstrate innovative approaches to energy-efficient construction. It also serves to educate the home building industry and the public about advanced technologies and successful approaches to energy-efficient construction. Fireside was selected based on its home's energy value, design, construction methods and processes, marketing and customer relations efforts and the ability to demonstrate an understanding of a whole-house systems-design approach.

With 11 years of home building experience, Fireside Home Construction's energy efficient timber framed home stood out among the other applicants. According to the EVHA judges, "Fireside did everything right and then some." Personal attention to each client, customer satisfaction and a focus on energy efficiency are mainstays at Fireside, which includes specialized training for its framing crews and blower door tests to demonstrate typical energy leakage spots. Fireside's mechanical and electrical trades are also trained to minimize air leakage as much as possible and are given air sealing equipment to seal holes after rough-in.

A few of the innovative features of the winning home, located in Dexter, MI, include a 2kW photovoltaic system, frost protected shallow foundation, advanced framing on interior walls and a geothermal heat pump. The EVHA judges applauded the company for its attention to detail and air sealing practices. Fireside's award-winning, 4,010-square-foot custom home is an excellent example of how energy efficiency adds value to residential construction.

Fireside is not new to energy efficient and green building. In the fall of 2007, the Gold EVHA home earned the first platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award in Michigan. At the time, it was only one of just 12 in the nation to receive the highest level in LEED certification. Fireside Home Construction also won a Silver EVHA for a home it built in Dexter, MI in 2006, and another silver in 2007 for a home constructed in nearby Ann Arbor. In addition, Fireside has won numerous state and local green building awards. It also voluntarily participates in green building programs.

Michael Luzier, president of the NAHB Research Center said this about Fireside and the EVHA program, "EVHA winners are pioneers in their fields and the level of innovation and home design this year is outstanding. Clearly, the home building industry's efforts to expand energy efficiency and green building have taken hold and will continue to make a difference for future generations."

The EVHA program is managed by the NAHB Research Center, and operated in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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 efficiency 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 and designations. For more information call (734) 426-4353.

About the NAHB Research Center
Located in Upper Marlboro, Md., the NAHB Research Center (http://www.NAHB.org) promotes innovation in housing technology to improve the durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products. Created over 40 years ago as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB Research Center has established itself as the source for reliable, objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. Through its various testing and certification services, the Research Center seal is internationally-recognized as a mark of product quality and an assurance of product performance.

Contact:
Bob Burnside, president, Fireside Home Construction, 734-426-4353
Janet Gaydosh, media relations, Gaydosh Communications, 216-870-3836

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