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Decatur Renovator Honored for Green Building 


Decatur-based Struby Construction has won the EarthCraft "Project of the Year" award for a home renovation in Morningside that more than doubled living space yet reduced air leakage by 25 percent.


Struby received the award at a ceremony this fall hosted by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface and attended by 100 industry leaders.


It marks the second time in two years that a third-party organization has recognized Struby for green construction. In 2011, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) selected Struby Construction as one of 10 top U.S. remodelers performing environmentally responsible work.


"This project is proof that homeowners can add the space they need yet still end up spending less on monthly utilities," says Neil Struby. He cites spray-foam insulation and proper air-sealing measures helped him to lower air leakage "even though the home is now 250 percent larger."


"EarthCraft professionals are realizing greater success than their peers because they are delivering a high-value product to the market," said David Ellis of the Greater Atlanta HBA. "That's why we celebrate Struby Construction's vision and leadership."


EarthCraft is a green building certification program designed to address climate, energy and water issues unique to the southeastern United States (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia), to increase the performance, resourcefulness, durability, air quality and comfort of a house. EarthCraft serves as a blueprint for energy and re-source efficient homes and buildings.

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