BURNS HARBOR – The GEM, an energy efficient and handicapped accessible home in the Village in Burns Harbor has been named one of the top five livable homes in the nation by AARP and the National Association of Home Builders.
The GEM is certified as an Emerald by the National Green Building Standard. The other winning homes were in Florida, Oregon, California and New Mexico.
Livable homes allow people of all ages and abilities to be comfortable and safe, are environmentally friendly and have lower maintenance costs.
The GEM has a driveway and parking area that provides a no step entry, slip-resistant concrete ramp, 36-inch door throughout and ADA compliant cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
The Village in Burns Harbor was the first to be certified by the National Association of Home Builders under the National Green Building Standard.