Magazine article Partners in Community and Economic Development

Mississippi: Growing a Greener Mississippi

Magazine article Partners in Community and Economic Development

Mississippi: Growing a Greener Mississippi

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A new statewide competition launched by The Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) will reward builders and developers who create the best affordable green housing. "Growing a Greener Mississippi," which will offer $100,000 in prize money for the top designs, aims to make green housing more widely available and increase demand for energy-saving features.

"Green housing is affordable housing," said Bill Sones, Chairman of MHC's Board of Directors. "It decreases utility and maintenance costs through increased efficiency, thereby helping homeowners save money. This competition will result in green homes for Mississippians and reward contestants for adding value to the homes they build," he continued.

The competition will award $50,000 for first place, $30,000 for second place and $20,000 for third place. An independent panel of five judges will determine the winners.

Homes built for the Growing a Greener Mississippi contest must meet the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) guidelines for green home building at the "bronze" level or above. NAHB guidelines focus on energy-efficient appliances, architecture, and building methods, as well as environmentally friendly building materials.

"The NAHB model uses two complimentary principles to determine what makes a home green: efficiency and environmental impact," explained David Smith, chairman of the Jackson Home Builders Association Green Building Committee. "NAHB green homes use energy-efficient design and building practices to lower utility costs while using more renewable and durable building materials," he explained. …

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