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Written on: February 7, 2023

WASHINGTON – Across the nation, propane is helping construction professionals build and design more sustainable and resilient homes. Bill Owens is one of these builders that is utilizing propane to accomplish great things to improve his community and be on the forefront of the green building movement.

To celebrate Bill, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) presented him with an Energy for Everyone Hero Award. The accolade was given during a press conference at the 2023 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, February 1.

“PERC is honored to award the first Energy for Everyone Hero Award of the year to Bill,” said Bryan Cordill, director of residential business development at PERC. “He’s a champion for the housing industry, including building high performance homes powered by propane, and has a can-do attitude when it comes to his business and the work he does in the community.”

Owens is president of Owens Construction and candidate for 3rd Vice Chair of the National Association of Home Builders 2023. He served as a local association representative to NAHB’s Board of Directors until the governance change and was appointed a life director of NAHB in January 2009.

Owens Construction, the residential design/build and remodeling firm built in central Ohio by Bill and his wife Betsy, built its success on providing clients with unparalleled design, implementation, and service of their projects. Owens has kept himself on the leading edge of energy-efficient construction technologies by implementing propane into his projects, something he calls an ideal energy solution. He remodeled his own “forever home,” and designed the home to be zero energy ready, with a predicted Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index rating under 30. His home includes a heat pump with a propane furnace backup, propane-powered standby generator, a propane-powered tankless water heater, and indoor and outdoor propane cooking.

“Bill has proven that using propane in combination with other energy sources can reduce emissions and increase reliability,” Cordill said. “We want to not only applaud his efforts but also increase awareness of the various ways propane can help builders grow their own business, just as Bill has done.”

To learn more about how propane can be used in residential construction, visit Propane.com/Residential.