MISSOULA – John Freer, an adjunct carpentry professor at Missoula College University of Montana, won the 2015 Green Building Educator of the Year award and was honored by the National Association of Home Builders at the 2016 International Builders’ Show on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas.
Freer has worked as a leader and educator in green building for over 20 years. In 1996, he launched Riverworks and won a series of honors locally and statewide for his sustainable development projects and green-building advocacy. In 2006, he expanded the Missoula Green Building Initiative into the Montana Green Build Program. During his time as chairman, the program served over 2,500 members and provided certification and education on green building in Montana, offering incentives such as tax credits. Freer received the NAHB Green Building Advocate of the Year award in 2009 and the 2014 Master Certified Green Professional Designee of the Year award in 2014.
“The shortage of skilled labor and mid-level management in the construction industry is very real and growing rapidly nationwide,” Freer said. “It’s exciting to be involved in providing education not only on the technology, techniques and skills of the industry, but the vast opportunity available to the next generation of construction industry professionals.”
Freer also develops green-building curriculum at Missoula College, which allows students to earn a Certified Green Professional Designation. He currently is working on a program in sustainable construction technology. He serves as the owner and principal of GBS Consulting in Missoula.
Founded in the early 1940s, the NAHB consists of a federation of 140,000 members with state and local associations and constructs nearly 80 percent of new homes built in the United States. It aims to provide all Americans with safe, decent and affordable housing. The NAHB also includes educational opportunities, such as hosting the annual International Builders’ Show, and is a founding partner of the International Housing Association, which works to advance home building globally.
To find out more information about the NAHB, visit https://www.nahb.org.