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USGBC announces 2010 LEED for Homes Awards
Spray foam insulation and roofing are growing in popularity for their contribution to LEED projects.

The United States Green Building Council - the body responsible for issuing the LEED environmental ratings - recently announced the winners of its 2010 LEED for Homes awards. While LEED is more typically associated with commercial projects, there is also a rating system specifically for residential structures.

The 100K House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received the main prize, the 2010 Project of the Year award. This LEED Platinum-rated home was built by Postgreen, and its basic concept is to deliver an affordable home that follows the principles of sustainable, environmentally friendly design with a total construction cost of less than $100,000. The two model homes constructed by Postgreen sit in the East Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

"This year's winners embody the innovative work of dedicated leaders throughout the residential building community," said Nate Kredich, vice president of residential market development, in a statement. "These innovators are helping to transform the market toward more healthy, high performing homes that are regarded as some of the best in the country."

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity took the Outstanding Program Commitment award for its work this year, building seven homes in California that meet LEED Gold or LEED Platinum standards.

The market for green homes and commercial structures grew last year, as more-efficient buildings gained popularity. That has benefited the secondary markets which supply green building materials, including spray foam insulation, solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and other components of the modern home.

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