Committed to Green Building Action and Awareness


Acknowledging the importance of environmental stewardship in the built environment, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) has created a Green Building Council, which will hold its first meeting on Sept. 24 in conjunction with the HBA’s Fall General Membership Meeting.

The group will serve as a forum for discussion and as a resource for education and information. “Our goal is to take the lead on issues such as the creation of green building standards and best practices,” says Green Building Council Chair Lawson Calhoun, owner of Calhoun Properties. “We plan to boost knowledge and awareness within the homebuilding community, then leverage those into action.”

The council will promote practices and standards with proven environmental benefits and will help make the business case for greener home building. Initial discussion among members has addressed the scope of green building practices, and the consensus is that sustainable building is an incremental process, with steady gains contributing over time to a greener, more desirable community.

“We’re encouraged about this effort because of its broad appeal,” says HBA Executive Vice President David Ellis. The impetus for the Green Building Council comes not only from builders concerned about the environmental impact of the homes they build but also from home buyers.

“Consumers are making green changes in many areas of their lives and are looking to those who design and build their homes for help. They want high-performance, affordable homes that require less energy and other resources to heat, cool and maintain.” Ellis says they are eager to benefit from energy- and money-saving design and low-toxicity building and decorating materials.

The new council’s leadership is comprised of:

  • Chair—Lawson Calhoun, Calhoun Properties
  • Vice Chair—Matt Hoots, The Hoots Group
  • Treasurer/Secretary—Bill Bartlett, Home Rebuilders
  • Communications Co-chairs—Betsy Sheppard, B. Sheppard Consulting and Tori Ewing, Text Cellutions
  • Program Co-chairs—Heather Bounds, Northwest Exterminating and Dave Radlmann, Urban Green Properties/Commonwealth Properties
  • Sponsorship Co-chairs—Phil Brown, Compton Sales Inc. and Scott Brown, Fortress Construction
  • Education Co-chairs—Carl Seville, Seville Consulting and Tyler Jones, Southface
  • Community Outreach Co-chairs—Jennifer Spivey, Keller Williams and Tony Donald, Georgia Power
  • Membership Co-chairs—Don Maxey, Magbee and Dennis McConnell, McConnell Homes

Anyone is welcome to attend the council kickoff event on Sept. 24. Click here for event information.

The Green Building Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association promotes environmentally responsible home building in the greater Atlanta market. The council brings together professionals involved in the planning, building, remodeling, marketing and selling of high-performance homes and their related products and services. Visit to learn more.

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) is a 2,000-member, not-for-profit trade association affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the National Association of Home Builders. The HBA is the fourth largest local homebuilders association in the nation and is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving home ownership by maintaining the housing industry as a viable economic force in the Atlanta area. The official charity of the HBA is HomeAid Atlanta, a non-profit organization that builds and renovates transitional housing for metro Atlanta homeless children, women and men. Visit to learn more.

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