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Four local contractors shortlisted for Georgies

Blog by Nick Swinburne | October 29th, 2010

RDC Fine Homes named finalist for Custom Home Builder of Year AWARDS The finalists for the 2010 Georgie Awards are in, and Whistler’s RDC Fine Homes has been shortlisted for an unprecedented four awards — including Custom Home Builder of the Year.

Whistler-area contractors have been named as finalists for seven awards among the 43 categories in the event that Whistler-area contractors have been named as finalists for seven awards among the 43 categories in the event that honours the best of B.C.’s home construction, renovation, design, development and sales/marketing industry. Winners will be honoured at the Georgie Awards gala, scheduled for March 5, 2011 in Vancouver.

“Four is fantastic. We’re very excited,” Bob Deeks, president and owner of RDC Fine Homes, said on Wednesday (Oct. 27) upon hearing the news.

Commenting on the nomination for Custom Home Builder of the Year, Deeks said it speaks to the hard work of RDC staff members to develop a strong business model and commitment to customer service.

“To win an award like that would be truly fantastic,” he said.

Other Whistler finalists include Glacier Creek Contracting for the Chiyakmesh Whistler Housing Authority rental building at Cheakamus Crossing in the Best Public-Private Partnership category, and Peak Ventures for the “Old Growth in Cedar Ridge” home under the Best Residential Renovation over $800,000 category.

RDC and Whistler’s Craig Ross General Contracting were both named as finalists for the Best Single Family Detached Home over $2 million award. The latter was recognized for the “Medal Heights” project, while RDC was named for the Rammed Earth Demonstration Home in Whistler Cay.

The $4.5 million rammed-earth home has been coined as “sustainable luxury” and is durable, beautiful and energy efficient, Deeks said. Construction materials were sourced within a 500-mile radius when possible, and there is some recycled content in the house, he said. It is the first rammed-earth house in the Sea to Sky corridor, using compressed raw materials such as earth, sand, gravel and clay to construct walls.

RDC was also named a finalist for Best Single Family Detached Home, 2,000 to 2,999 square feet, Spec or Custom, for the Walker residence. Deeks said the home was constructed for an older couple who wants to remain in Whistler, so there are no stairs. RDC designed and built the house on a strict budget and it’s built to a high environmental and energy standard, he said.

RDC’s work with Suntech on a solar panel cooling and indoor air pre-heat system for a net-zero house in the Rainbow neighbourhood also garnered a nod for the Best Innovative Feature Georgie. Deeks said the photovoltaic solar panels were used to create the home’s roof, and RDC designed a system to maximize their efficiency in both summer and winter. In summer, the system cools the panels to increase their performance and in winter the system captures the hot air generated by the panels to help heat the house, he said.

Deeks said the Georgies are “very special” awards that speak to the professionalism of the residential building industry in B.C. and the “level of quality that exists.”

“We’re very proud to represent… the best of the best,” he said.

For more info and a complete list of finalists, visit georgieawards.ca