Livable Communities Awards, presented by the National Association of Home Builders and AARP

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Builder magazine reports on the homebuilding trend that is affecting hotel, resort, and cruise ship design:

Two builders, two developers, and a remodeler received the first Livable Communities Awards, presented by the National Association of Home Builders and AARP. The awards, presented Dec. 11 in Washington, recognize homes and communities that are well designed, safe, comfortable, and accessible, regardless of the occupants' age or abilities.

Winning builders John Wesley Miller Cos. of Tucson, Ariz., and Wendt Builders of Snellville, Ga.; developers the Madison Area Community Land Trust of Madison, Wis., and Integral Group of Atlanta; and remodeler Quality Design & Construction in Raleigh, N.C., will also be recognized in the January/February 2008 issue of AARP magazine, which is distributed to 23 million homes nationwide.

"What we want to see is innovation in the marketplace," said Elinor Ginzler, AARP's director of livable communities. "We know from talking to our members that while they want comfort and safety, they don't want a feeling that they're in an institution."

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