Please help us WIN the Marvin Windows Architect’s Showdown – vote once a day for the Shenandoah Farmhouse!

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Please help us win the Marvin Windows Architect’s Showdown – vote once a day for the Shenandoah Farmhouse! We are in the TOP 5, thanks to your support.



Thank you so much for your support to get us to the TOP 5!!!! This contest is strictly done based on internet voting and you have propelled me into the top 5 of the Marvin® Windows and Doors architect’s challenge. Our design for the Shenandoah Farmhouse is the only Virginia project left in the contest. In fact, it is the only east coast project left in the competition. If you like it and want to help us win, vote daily HERE.


You can vote once a day (and only once a day – multiple votes from different devices are not counted). You can also spread the word by sharing this blog post to your Facebook and Twitter page or share it by email.

Project built by Trost Custom Homes.

Windows supplied by Monger and Sons.

Marvin® Windows and Doors hosts an annual Architects Challenge, inviting architects to submit their best projects using Marvin products. This prestigious contest also includes a Showdown event to select a winner by people’s choice. This is a separate award based solely on Internet voting.

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If I were selected for top honors, I win a trip to the Greenbuild architecture conference in Washington, D.C. this fall.

As you can see, there are a lot of amazing projects entered. I’d be proud to be selected from this fantastic group.

Thanks in advance for your support.

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To find my entry, click HERE and sort by state.

That will bring up my project.

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Green Term Defined: Grasslands Conservation Carbon Offsets

Green Term Defined: Grasslands Conservation Carbon Offsets

A grasslands conservation carbon offsets are similar to forestry, native grasses and other vegetation provide a natural source of greenhouse gas (GHG) absorption and sequestration. Carbon offsets from this category focus on maintaining native plant life through permanent land conservation and avoided conversion for commercial development or agriculture.



Grasslands provide habitat for many different species of wildlife. A Prairie is an ecological system dominated by grasses. Planting a native Prairie increases biodiversity of native plant species and conserves rapidly disappearing topsoil and it low maintenance.

Local experts that can help with this process: The Natural Garden