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Champion’s Bunbury Modular Receives its Second Industry Award of the Year

TROY, Mich., Nov. 20 2008 – Champion Homes, a leader in factory-built construction, the largest modular homebuilder in North America and builder of Genesis Homes, announces its Bunbury model has received another 2008 industry award.  On Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, it was awarded the prestigious 2008 Excellence in Systems Building Award in the “Modular Home under 2,300 square feet” category, presented by the Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The award was presented to Bunbury designer and award-winning architect Roberto Kritzer at the BSC SHOWCASE ’08 Excellence in Marketing and Home Design Awards Ceremony held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.  Kritzer’s Bunbury was selected from over 110 Excellence Awards entries in a variety of categories.  A panel of five judges with extensive experience and knowledge in the systems-built industry chose the winners. 

This is the second 2008 industry award for the Bunbury. This past April, it received a prestigious Best New Modular Home Design Award by the National Modular Housing Council (NMHC). 

Award-Winning Urban Infill Modular HomeKritzer’s entry, designed for urban in-fill applications, was first displayed at the 2007 Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting where it was viewed by thousands of attendees.   It has since been used in a number of in-fill projects and is being considered for many others.

“Flexibility of design is key in urban redevelopment projects.  Here, the goal was to provide high-quality, attractive housing that fits with existing local architecture and can be constructed quickly in a neighborhood-friendly manner,” said Kritzer.

Kritzer designed the three-bedroom, two-bath modular home to fit on the typical constricted, urban-sized lot.  Feature-filled with an easy-living floor plan, the 1,914 sq.-ft., two-story Bunbury can be produced with a variety of exteriors (HardiePlankÔ, lap siding, brick, shake, etc.), architectural styles (farmhouse, Victorian, colonial, etc.), and configurations (single-family, flat, duplex) to fit in with the surrounding architecture.  The single-family version is produced in two modules with an entry pod.  A garage can also be integrated into the design. 

“My objective was to design an aesthetically-pleasing modular home with single- and multi-family options that would fit in the urban environment of any city and country,” said Kritzer. 

Kritzer has designed a variety of modular projects throughout his 27 years in the industry and 13 years at Champion.  His designs include single- and multi-family homes, urban in-fill, hotels and resorts, apartments, military housing, affordable workforce, mixed-use (residential over retail) developments, and franchise and commercial buildings.  Kritzer received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. 

About the BSC:
The Building Systems Councils of the National Association of Home Builders is made up of manufacturing, builder, and associate members who advocate building with systems. Systems-built homes are constructed with concrete, log, modular, or panelized systems.  They are constructed to the same code standards and reflect the same, and often enhanced, quality levels as any site-built construction. The advantage of systems-building is it’s done in a fraction of the time, with a fraction of the waste, reducing costly weather exposure.  Many systems-built homes are inherently “green,” adding an environmentally friendly label to the product.

About NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing more than 235,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as "the voice of the housing industry," NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct 80 percent of the nearly 1 million new housing units projected for 2008.

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