HR Pacific has been selected as one of the four finalists in the Built Green British Columbia awards competition in the category of “Most Affordable Built Green BC Home”.
The announcement was made by BC Homes Magazine and The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC. In total 23 finalists were chosen in six award categories, for work built, developed, created, renovated and marketed between September 1, 2009 and March 31, 2011.
David Ratzlaff, president of HR Pacific who said, “Being a finalists for the award is a big deal for our company. It is very important. It shows credibility in what we have created, excellence in workmanship. It shows we have a legitimate product. “
When trying to make a green friendly house, designers have to consider many issues throughout the process.
“The challenges are always to design a project that will meet the ratings. However the biggest challenge is to make it affordable. I am convinced it has to be viable. Some issues with green buildings is that they are so expansive no one can afford them. What I am trying to do is make something well built while also being affordable for people,” Ratzlaff said.
To have the standards met of being a green structure a third party must come in and regulate every aspect of how the building is made and works.
Over the years HR Pacific has won awards for projects at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
“The same quality of workmanship that goes into our award winning projects at the ski hill also goes into housing projects as well,” Ratzlaff said. “This is great quality project. It is a viable green building.”
“The Built Green BC Awards were launched in 2010 to mark the achievements of builders, developers, and suppliers who build to Built Green BC Standards. This year we added renovation categories to the mix.” said M.J. Whitemarsh, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC.
“The individuals who enter these awards go the extra mile to achieve a residential home with high environmental standards. This year we’ll celebrate Built Green BC achievements with our expanded Built Green BC Renovation categories.”
Entries were judged by a panel comprising Built Green industry experts outside British Columbia, has come up with the list of finalists for each award category.
“I was not just impressed by the high level of sustainability and efficiency of these homes, but also by their beauty. It doesn’t get better than a beautiful home that is built to protect and preserve it’s beautiful surroundings” said judge, Steve Baines.
Ratzlaff said he is looking forward to September and the awards ceremony partially due to being nominated for the award he really wanted to be up for.
“If it is not viable then why do it. People are getting a great value for their dollar. Being peer judged means a lot to me because it is the industry saying to me that it is a really well built home,” Ratzlaff said.
The winners will be announced at the Built Green BC Awards ceremony which will be held on September 30 in Vancouver, British Columbia.