Demonstrating the best ways to live green, a non-profit organization in Idaho believes it has found the award-winning formula to "building a healthier tomorrow one home at a time."
Over the past five months, the Green Log Home and Lifestyle Awards has tapped the power of Internet social media, from YouTube and social news to social networking and blogging, to nominate, educate and celebrate green products and services at their best.
After being nominated in categories such as sustainable home energy, water conservation, landscaping, and 15 other design and materials solutions, over 200 nominees were recognized in an Academy Awards style press conference hosted online by PRNewswire. The on-demand press conference let visitors listen in as Executive Director Jennifer Hetherington announced the nominees. A video on innovative recycling solutions playable on YouTube and numerous other video sharing sites was also visible. Voting was then opened up to Netizens across the Internet at various online locations using portable polling technology by social media company Vizu.
The penultimate Winner's Circle Winners and Honorable Mentions were judged by a combination of voting and judging by a distinguished panel including experts from ENS, the Environment News Service.
And the winners are...with comments from the Environment News Service:
SIPS & Building Systems
Durisol Building Systems
“Durisol utilizes superb recycled materials, and a unique bonding system.”
Green Insulation & Systems
“BioBased Insulation uses a broad, renewable resource base, which contributes to the success of this product.”
“Solatube is a highly effective way to curb energy use in the home.”
Radiant Heat Systems
“The best product in this category is Warmboard, with its very innovative design.”
Green / Sustainable Interior Design
“Wright Design is invested in a deep belief of using sustainable products. It is easy to see her commitment to the Earth when viewing her work.”
Flooring: Alternative Green Materials
“EcoTimber applies a unique, fastidious dedication to certifying their products as sustainable. EcoTimber has led the way in this field.”
Reclaimed Wood & Flooring
Precision-milled from old, destined-for-the-dump barn wood. Flooring that is 100% reclaimed from old buildings.
Green Stains & Finishes
Timber Pro Coatings
Timber Pro Coatings received enough public support to place them ahead of our judging panel’s choice. Congratulations!
Knobs, handles, sinks, bath accessories and more that incorporate natural renewable or recycled material. The perfect green mix!
Build the kitchen of your dreams with minimal environmental impact!
Green Countertops & Surfaces
Vetrazzo, member of the USGBC, provides a new, creative use for recycled glass, including glass that cannot be recycled elsewhere. Beautiful, green countertops!
Green Home Furnishings
The public spoke! With the majority of online votes, GreenCulture is our 2008 Winner for Green Home Furnishings. Congratulations!
Ground-breaking design and water conservation at its finest. RainReserve is a product that will intrigue the environmentally conscious and help conserve one of our most precious natural resources.
Renewable Energy & Efficiency Solutions
“This product should have a huge impact on the marketplace. It is using a large, untapped resource.”
Water Conservation & Systems
Sustain Dane is the people’s choice in two categories. Congratulations!
Green Products & Informational Web Site
Green Log Home
Green Log Home is a great resource on sustainable design and green building.
Best Green Roofing
“This product could change the way roofs are installed. Innovation at its best.”
Best Green Blogs
Green Right Now
“This is a very accessible site that is both informative and beautiful. Great information.”
The Green Log Home and Lifestyle Awards were founded by PrecisionCraft Log Homes
led by Jim Young, president and the co-chairperson of the Log Homes Council for the National Association of Homebuilders. Sponsors of the Awards were PrecisionCraft, Mountain Architects, Chase Bank, Home Buyer Publications, Ecological Home Ideas and BuildGreenRadio.com.
To find links and info for all the nominees and learn more about award-winning environmental solutions, visit the GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle Products
gateway pages online at http://www.precisioncraft.com/greenlogawards.html> or at the GREEN LOG Awards Blog