Austin's Green Building Program Wins National Recognition

Austin, TX - The Austin Energy Green Building Program received the "Green Building Program of the Year" award from Gary Garczynski, president of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) during the 2002 National Green Building Conference, in March in Seattle.

The Austin Energy Green Building Program is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the country. Currently, there are about 15 green building programs and initiatives in the country. Since 1992, the program has been promoting green building through consumer education and technical training of residential and commercial building professionals.

The program rates new and retrofit commercial, multi-family and residential construction on energy conservation, water conservation, sustainable materials, health and safety and community. To date, Green Building has rated over 3,200 new and remodeled homes in the Austin area. Austin Energy is the city of Austin's municipally owned electric utility.

Green Building Program accomplishments include:

•Being honored by the United Nations at the 1992 Earth Summit.

•Developing the first system to rate the environmental soundness of home.

•Creating the Sustainable Building Sourcebook— a technical guide to assist builders, architects and designers with specifying green materials and methods.

The National Green Building Awards are given to individuals and organizations that advance the green home building industry. The National Association of Homebuilders Research Center hosts the Green Building Conference.

The City of Austin and Austin Energy will be the host of the U.S. Green Building Council's First Annual International Green Building Conference and Exposition, November 13-15, 2002, at the Austin Convention Center. The conference will focus on commercial as well as residential green construction, new technologies, international trends, design trends and sustainable development.