NAHB Honors ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented the first-ever NAHB Special Achievement Award for Contributions to the Home Building Industry to ABC's primetime show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The awarded was presented in a ceremony at the board of directors meeting on Sept. 26 in San Diego.

"Through their work, the talent, creativity, dedication, and generosity of the home-building community has been showcased in millions of living rooms across the country," says NAHB Chairman Sandy Dunn, a home builder from Point Pleasant, W.Va.

NAHB created the award to recognize individuals or organizations that are not directly involved in housing that have done much to showcase the home building industry in a positive light.

"'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' has changed the lives of more than a hundred families, and inspired millions more," Dunn says. "And more importantly, it has shown what a home can mean to a family."

The show's executive producer Conrad Ricketts, senior producer Diane Korman, and production manager David Bohler accepted the award."Builders have been part of what has made this nation great," Ricketts says. "You've given individuals the ability to own a home, to have a retirement, and to put their children through school."

More than one hundred home builders and 65,000 volunteers have donated time and materials to build homes for more than 130 "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" families across the United States.

"You cannot meet these builders and families and not be affected by it," Ricketts says. "When you watch your community come together, it is an amazing thing to be part of."

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Home Builders Recognize Concrete's Benefits

Home builders increasingly are turning to concrete wall systems. According to a recent market research survey by the Portland Cement Association (PCA), 13.8% of builders used a concrete above-grade wall system in 2007, a 60% rise from the last survey in 2003.

Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) experienced the largest growth in usage. In 2003, 2% of builders surveyed said they used ICFs. This jumped to 6% in 2007. The use of removable concrete forms for homebuilding doubled, 1.2% in 2003 to 2.4% in 2007.

"Home builders in our survey reported that energy efficiency was the most important issue for homeowners," Jim Niehoff, PCA residential promotion director says. "It appears that more and more often this need is being met with concrete wall systems."