EcoHouse to Receive Sustainable Innovation Award

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Howard CDM’s recently completed project EcoHouse, a state-of-the-art daycare and preschool facility that serves infants and children affected by homelessness, has been selected to receive the Merit Award for Sustainable Sites at U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles Chapter’s 6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards. Unlike standardized LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating systems, the award is granted to teams that demonstrate commitment to creating an ecological environment that goes above and beyond standardized LEED rating systems.

Long Beach-based general contracting firm Howard CDM collaborated with nonprofit organization Children Today, the EcoHouse Committee and local architect Studio One Eleven to strategically plan EcoHouse’s environmentally conscious designs. In December 2015, the green project received its Gold LEED certification. “It has always been a high priority to improve the quality of life for the future by building environmentally sustainable architecture,” shared Martin Howard, president of Howard CDM, “and EcoHouse exemplifies our green building tendencies.”

During the construction of EcoHouse, the team strictly observed eco-friendly practices. “We strived to promote a cleaner environment during the renovation process by recycling all demolished materials to their appropriate facilities,” said Howard. The project showcases carefully selected California-native, drought tolerant plants in the landscaping as well as automatic LED lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems that turn on and off depending on occupancy inside the facility.

On November 10th, 2016, EcoHouse will be recognized at USGBC-LA’s 6th annual Sustainable Innovation Award at its 12th Annual Green Gala. The event will be held at Bonaventure Brewing Company in Los Angeles.

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Howard CDM builds superior products for its clients. Established in 1972, Howard CDM has created a tangible legacy by focusing on the needs of its clients, developing relationships, and successfully completing projects. Formed with the purpose of focusing on commercial construction, development, and management, Howard CDM directs projects throughout California. For more information, please visit

Since 1997, Children Today’s award-winning, state-licensed child-development services have helped hundreds of children experiencing trauma to feel safe, secure, and ready to learn. In 2013, Children Today embarked on a bold project to create EcoHouse, a custom-designed, state-of-the-art daycare center that combines all its best practice services at a single site. For more information, please visit

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