Make a Community Livable? Enter to Win an Award!

June 14, 2010

When it comes to awards, there are many different categories in life like: The Stanley Cup for our Blackhawks, the Golden Globes for movies, Tonys for stage, Emmys for TV and the Livable Communities Awards for innovative home builders.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Livable Communities Awards “recognize architects, builders, developers, and remodelers who make residential living more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.”

The NAHB, and the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), are looking for entries for their 4th annual Livable Communities Award competition.

All entries will be judged on:

The Lakota Group won a 2009 Livable Communities Award for developers for NorthCenter, a state-of-the-art senior living campus on Chicago's north side.

*Design elements that accommodate the needs of all residents, regardless of age or physical ability.

*The ease of access to community services like stores, restaurants, health care and social and cultural activities. Transportation options will also be judged.

*Energy-efficiency and enhanced site design.

*Better communication with key stakeholders.

Builders will be judged on universal design elements in residential homes, energy efficiency and ease of use, and exterior design and landscaping.

Remodelers will be judged on all that plus the ability to meet client’s needs.

Developers will be judged on the project’s livable community features.

Architects will be categorized as Community Design or Home Design. Home Design will be judged the same as builders; Community Design will be evaluated on the incorporation of livable communities features and site design.

Sponsors will choose winners for a large and small project in each category.

Applications are due Friday, July 16, 2010 by 5 p.m. Winners will be awarded at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida next January.

For more information, or to apply online, visit www.nahb.org/livable communities.

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