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Originally published in PPC Magazine.
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Orlando, Florida – For the second consecutive year, NWC Construction, Inc. won the Grand Award for Green Construction at the Orlando Parade of Homes. The Windermere residential project also won first place for a green renovation under $500,000, and is the first National Association of Home Builders Emerald Certified home in the state of Florida.

This green showpiece owned by Sara Dawson was completely renovated after a devastating fire – as was the job for which NWC won the previous year's award.

"After rebuilding another client's home following a fire, I had already seen firsthand just how demoralizing it is to lose your home," says Nathan Cross of NWC. Utilizing his connections in the insurance industry and his membership in the NAHB to get free legal counsel, Cross was able to help Dawson find financing for the project.

"I was at a loss until Mr. Cross came along," Dawson says. "Not only did he find enough money to rebuild my home, but he built it green. I am so grateful."

Low VOC coatings were a key component in the project. Cross consulted with Sherwin-Williams Strategic Account Manager Randy Moore to spec ProGreen 200 and Duration Home to meet the project's green requirements.

Using low-VOC paint and other practices to maximize indoor air quality, water conservation and energy efficiency, the 2,380 square foot home will now be powered on just $100 per month.

"It is a common misconception that building green cannot be done affordably," says Cross. "There arecertainly some green products and practices that cost more than traditional building, but there are now a plethora of affordable options for people trying to build green without spending all their 'green'."

More State RR P Programs Approved

Massachusetts has joined the list of states that the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency has authorized to administer its own Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rules in lieu of federal regulations. State programs have also been approved in Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Rhode Island, Utah, and Oregon. More info at www.epa.gov/lead. Visit your local Sherwin-Willliams store for RRP supplies and ask about certification sessions in your area.