Award-Winning Green House Plan by The House Designers Featured in October Issue of Professional Builder

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An Award-Winning Green House Plan from The House Designers 2nd Annual ENERGY STAR Competition will be featured in Professional Builders’ new House Review feature article where leading architects and designers present their best concepts and designs. This issue addresses green home designs and energy-efficient living.

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“Being featured in publications like Professional Builder and Green Builder Magazine are all part of our initiative to educate consumers and builders about the benefits of building a green home,” said Tammy Crosby, CEO of The House Designers.

An Award-Winning Green House Plan from The House Designers 2nd Annual ENERGY STAR Competition will be featured in Professional Builders’ new House Review collaborative, where a select group of leading architects and designers have the opportunity to present their best concepts and design solutions to address the challenges faced by home builders to build innovative, energy-efficient homes.

Professional Builder launched House Review in January of 2011 to provide a forum for designers and architects to showcase their innovative, sustainable, practical, and buildable house plans that are appealing and timeless for consumers.

This month the designers of House Review choose green homes as their featured topic to address the challenges faced by homebuilders to build practical, and energy-efficient homes.

One of the house plans featured was the Evergreen Cottage House Plan, which took 1st place in the ENERGY STAR & The House Designers Design Competition this past June. It featured some of the leading U.S. architects and designers showcasing their innovative, new, green house designs.

"This competition is just one way we try to encourage our architects and designers to create new, authentic, sustainable, energy conscientious home plans in support of our partnership with ENERGY STAR®,” said Tammy Crosby, CEO of The House Designers, the internets leading provider of residential house plans. “Being featured in publications like Professional Builder and Green Builder Magazine are all part of our initiative to educate consumers and builders about the benefits of building a green home.”

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. These plans can only be found at The House Designers exclusive ENERGY STAR® Approved/Green House Plan collection.

“We must strive to design houses that are efficient and frugal, and most importantly, houses that will be appreciated now and also into future generations,” said Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD, House Review Lead Designer. “This month, our Design Team features the work of some new firms. From an award-winning traditional home with innovative energy-saving features to several new and fresh designs, each with very simple and straight-forward elements”

The Evergreen Cottage House Plan was selected because it offers tremendous flexibility in its design, while offering the latest in green technology and innovation. Both active and passive energy saving technologies have been considered, with such features as 6-inch SIP exterior walls, a 20-square-foot grass roof tile system, a Gale Vertical Axis Winder Generator or a Wind-Finder hidden in the traditionally detailed cupola, a rainwater capture and storage system, along with photovoltaic and water heating panels.

“One of the things we want to come through [with House Review] is the fact that designers don’t have to radically change their design approach to incorporate green elements and energy efficient features,” said Garnett, who is thrilled to be leading this project to find select designers and architects to address certain home design and style issues. “Take the Evergreen Cottage where you have a very traditional design with a lot of sustainable features built into it.”

Garnett believes that the challenges designers face is how they can present their house plans to show that a home with a smaller footprint can be as functional and appealing as a larger home simply by having a good design that makes use of every square footage.

Equally important is that designers and builders start to educate consumers by making them aware of the products and services available to build a green home. Since house plans are the first step in building a home, it is imperative the designers and architects present a strong case for why consumers should build a green home. Companies like The House Designers and publications like Professional Builder and Green Builder Magazine are instrumental in ensuring the “green” home building movement continues to gain momentum.

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