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Best in American Living Awards Now Accepting Entries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 30, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is accepting entries for the Best in American Living Awards (BALA), the premier award program for the home building industry.Sponsored by NAHB’s Design Committee, BALA recognizes exceptional design and uses the example of trend-setting designs to educate builders and improve residential design in all aspects of the housing industry.

BUILDER magazine, a leading media brand for the home building industry and the magazine of NAHB, is the 2011 media sponsor for BALA, which is entering its 28th year.

“Every year, BALA winners redefine design excellence for the residential construction industry,” said Lynne Pratt, a builder from Auburn Hills, Mich., and chair of the Design Committee. “We’re very excited to have BUILDER magazine as the media sponsor for this outstanding program.”

Platinum, gold and silver awards are given to single-family, multifamily, remodeling, community and interior design projects in several categories. Top honors include Home of the Year, Room of the Year and Community of the Year.

Winning entries in selected categories will be featured in BUILDER magazine’s February issue, which will be distributed at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. In addition, winners will appear on and

“Builder is excited to partner with NAHB for such an esteemed awards program,” said Boyce Thompson, Builder’s editorial director. “The honorees exemplify excellence across the industry, and our readers will enjoy editorial coverage of the award-winning projects.”

The BALA program highlights the most creative and innovative builders, architects, developers, land planners, remodelers and interior designers in the nation.

For more information about the program, including an online application, go to

Information about the 2010 BALA winners can be found in “2010 BALA Portfolio,” which includes a review of all the 2010 winners, a review of design trends, and scores of images.