Pardee executives earn green certification from NAHB

Rob Keune, a Pardee superintendent in Southern Nevada, has been designated a certified green professional as well as certified graduate builder by the National Association of Home Builders. He joins Rocky Cochran, vice president of Pardee construction operations in Las Vegas, who has held the CGB designation for 10 years.

Pardee Homes also was named green building corporate advocate of the year by the NAHB.

According to the NAHB certification registry, Keune and Cochran are the only CGB designees in Nevada and Keune is the only person in Nevada with both the CGB and CGP certifications.

CGP is a designation recognizing industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options, according to the NAHB, while CGB identifies builders who keep informed on all trends and techniques in home building.

"While Pardee Homes is proud of what Rob and Rocky have accomplished, the real winners are Pardee homeowners who benefit from the education and experience that these two bring to their jobs every day," said Klif Andrews, president of Pardee Homes Southern Nevada division.

The code of ethics pledge for the designations includes " to protect the consumer through the use of high quality materials and building practices-backed by integrity and service," is in line with Pardee’s pledge.

"It ties in well with continuing improvements in the Pardee homebuilding and home-buying processes," Cochran said.

"And it helps reinforce our internal strategy, which is to be an advocate for both the customer and the builder," Keune said.

In Southern Nevada, Pardee offers green homes through its LivingSmart program at eight neighborhoods, including Rosetta and Serrano in Mountains Edge; Trail Ridge off of Durango and Blue Diamond/State Route 160; Ashwood in Nevada Trails; Montclaire in the Anthem area in Henderson; Riverstone in North Las Vegas; Solamar in the northwestern valley and Solstice, which opened in Aliante.

The company’s pledge to build greener began in 1998 and the commitment continues with Pardee’s LivingSmart program. LivingSmart meets or exceeds local, state and national standards for green home building. It offers as many as 30 included and optional green features, materials and systems that boost energy efficiency, save water, improve indoor air quality and encourage material conservation and the use of recycled or sustainable resources in new homes.

LivingSmart’s energy and water savings measures can translate to lower home operating costs, according to Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for Pardee Homes. "We estimate our energy-efficient homes save more than 11 million pounds of greenhouse gases annually."

Pardee sales office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. For more information, visit pardeehomes.com and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/PardeeHomesLasVegas.

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