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People take a lot of time and thought to create that place they
call home. Creativity was very evident today at the presentation
of the 15th annual Nova Scotia Home Awards.

Sponsored by the Departments of Housing and Municipal Affairs and
Natural Resources, the Home Awards program recognizes
achievements and excellence in the fields of residential design,
construction and renovation.

The 1996 program attracted 35 entries from across the province.
The entries were judged in five different categories: home unit
design; home construction or delivery innovation; home
renovation/rehabilitation; historical restoration; and energy
efficiency or alternative energy. Housing and Municipal Affairs
Minister Jim Smith and Natural Resources Minister Eleanor Norrie
presented the awards at today's ceremony.

"After viewing the submissions, I had an appreciation of the
genuine pride which Nova Scotians take in their homes," said Dr.
Smith. "I was also impressed by how successful many people have
been in blending new building technologies with traditional
design approaches."

Winners in the category of home unit design were Andrew and Karen
Lynch for Lynch Residence in Halifax, and Marshall and Janis
Lewis for their home in Bedford. In the home
construction/delivery innovation category, the award went to the
Annapolis Valley Home Builders' Association for 1996 Renovation
Demonstration Project, Atlantic Region. Rose and Daniel Orovec
won the award in the home renovation/rehabilitation category for
Arbor View Inn in Lunenburg.

In the historical restoration category, Robert Parker Associates 
and owners Joan and Allan Redmond won for their restoration of
the Cooper's Inn in Shelburne. Sustainable Housing and Education
Consultants won the energy efficient category for the Nova Scotia
Envirohome in Timberlea. In addition to the winners, five
projects received an honourable mention and a further five
received letters of merit.

The submissions were judged by a panel of experts in the field of
housing design and construction. The jury panel included
representatives from the Nova Scotia Association of Architects,
the Nova Scotia Home Builders' Association, the Departments of
Natural Resources and Housing and Municipal Affairs.

There were two special presentations in recognition of
outstanding contributions to housing initiatives in Nova Scotia.
A special award for achievement in the field of education,
renovation, flexible housing and energy conservation was
presented jointly by the Department of Housing and Municipal
Affairs and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to
Sustainable Housing and Education Consultants of Wolfville.

The second presentation for industry builder of the year went to
Gordon J. Smith of G & I Smith Home Improvements.


Contact: Michelle Whelan  902-424-6336

         Janet Baker      902-424-8090

trp                     Jan. 30, 1997 - 12:30 p.m.