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CHP Wins Two National Awards

Community Housing Partners’ award-winning Roanoke-Lee Street project received two additional national honors for environmental leadership and sustainable building this week.

Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners (CHP) was awarded a 2008 Silver EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) in the Affordable Home/Cold Climate category by the NAHB Research Center on February 13. The EVHA are presented each year at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show (IBS) to home builders across the country that voluntarily team energy efficiency and environmental stewardship; incorporating elements of each into the design, construction, and marketing of new homes. Now in its 13th year, the EVHA program is a signature residential industry event, educating builders, trades, and consumers about successful approaches to green and resource-efficient home building.

Michael Luzier, President of the NAHB Research Center said, "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 positive difference for future generations."

Built on a city infill site, the Roanoke-Lee Street duplexes are not only energy efficient, but also environmentally sustainable. Through an integrated design process, Community Housing Partners worked to optimize building performance while creating a livable and functional space within the available budget. Through this design process, energy efficiency, durability, and sustainability were considered during every step: from architectural design through mechanical system design and materials selection. The result was a group of homes with a "very nice package" of energy features, according to the EVHA judges.

The Roanoke-Lee Street project was also recognized at IBS as a Gold Award recipient of the Eleventh Annual Best in American Living (BALA)/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence.  Sponsored by Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Home Builders, BALA distinguishes homes that exemplify design quality and superiority in the marketplace, and epitomize the Best in American Living.  The "HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence" program commends design excellence produced through cooperative public/private efforts that expand homeownership opportunities for underserved American families.  

In response to the recent awards, CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper said, “We are very grateful to receive these honors in recognition of our contributions to sustainable building and design.  The EVHA and BALA awards are a testament of CHP’s commitment to create economically, environmentally, and socially-responsible communities.”

About the NAHB Research Center:
Located in Upper Marlboro, Md., the NAHB Research Center promotes innovation in housing technology to improve the quality, 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.