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Ciĕl Community Home Named Finalist in NAHB Green Building Awards

ASHEVILLE, NC – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that a home in Ciĕl, a new luxury community in Asheville, N.C., is a finalist for the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards.

The prestigious annual awards honor home builders, remodelers, home builders’ associations and other organizations for advancing green building through innovative design and construction techniques, excellent educational programs and successful advocacy efforts.

Ciĕl was selected as a finalist in the Green Project of the Year, Single Family Luxury category for the community’s first home located at 573 Elk Mountain Scenic Highway.

The home, built by Cottonwood Development Company, is chockfull of artisan touches, high-end finishes and green features. The builder and developer consulted with Joe Crocker, an Appalachian State University professor and LEED-accredited expert in green building, to ensure the home obtains certification in the NC HealthyBuilt Homes program. It has almost 7,000 square feet under roof, with more than 2,000 square feet in outdoor living space. The home is priced at $3,499,999. For more information about the home, visit www.ciel-property.com.

The awards are part of the NAHB National Green Building Program, NAHBGreen, which includes education, advocacy, marketing and certification services for green homes. Since NAHBGreen debuted in February 2008, almost 150 homes have been certified across the country. Project entries must be scored to the NAHBGreen rating system to facilitate judging.

“Between 2006 and 2008, the number of award applications quadrupled. The tremendous growth of this program reflects the growth of green-building practices all over the country,” said NAHB Green Building Subcommittee Chair Eric Borsting, a California home builder.

“I wanted to create a setting for those who share similar passions. This community gives equal emphasis to environmental responsibility, the beauty of the land and finely crafted homes,” said David Zimmerman of AIBL Invest, LLC, developer of Ciĕl.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner during the NAHB National Green Building Conference. The 11th annual conference is set for May 8-10 in Dallas. Alternative energy advocate T. Boone Pickens will be the keynote speaker. He’ll address the award nominees and local and national association leaders about environmental initiatives that can help conserve energy, water and other natural resources and the important role that the home building industry continues to play in mainstreaming new technologies.

Presented by the National Association of Home Builders, the conference is the largest event of its kind focusing on the residential green building market. For more information, visit www.nahbgreen.com.

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