ORANGE builder Mick Fabar has been recognised for his commitment to building “green” homes.
Mr Fabar was named in the top five of two categories at the National Housing Industry Association awards at Parliament House on Tuesday night.
Mr Fabar, who attended the ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House with staff members, said it was an opportunity to rub shoulders with the “who’s who” of the Australian building industry.
He was named as one of three finalists in the national GreenSmart Builder of the Year award, receiving special commendation from the judges.
He was also named as one of five finalists in the category of National Home of the Year.
Mr Fabar was entered in the awards for the first time this year and said he was honoured to be named as a finalist along with other leading national builders.
“It was a very humbling experience to be recognised by my peers,” he said.
Mr Fabar said he is proud to be offering an environmentally friendly alternative to homebuyers across the state.
“Thirty years ago a green home was out of the reach of most people because it was expensive and we didn’t have the technology,” he said.
“And the homes were not necessarily an attractive design that would appeal to a buyer, but now all that has changed.
“Designing a truly green home isn’t rocket science but you have to get it right.”
Mr Fabar said the advances in technology and design mean builders can look at constructing a green house for less than $300,000.