Metropolitan Pima Alliance’s (MPA) Common Ground Awards recognizes community leaders, projects and events with successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community. Whether it is land development, economic development or community development, it is pertinent for all parties to find common ground and the Board selected winners are bestowed their Common Ground Award at this annual banquet ceremony attended by hundreds. Pepper Viner homes was selected as this years winner of the Common Ground Award for ‘Green Project.’ For more details visit the website: www.mpaaz.org/events/common-ground

For Immediate Release For further information call, Patricia Dunham (520) 745-9905 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO TOUR PEPPER VINER HOMES Tucson Builder Develops Community of Homes To Meet DOE’s Challenge And Receive “EnergySmart” Home Scales Tucson, AZ — Pepper Viner Homes has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will tour their model homes at Civano Northridge on Tuesday, October 21 at 4:30 p.m. DOE will recognize Pepper Viner for qualifying their homes as part of Tucson’s first project where every home will meet the Challenge. “We are the first production builder in Southern Arizona to reach this milestone and earn this accreditation,” said Bill Viner, president. “We have made a strong commitment to green building.” All Pepper Viner Homes, in every new home community, are now rated Energy Star Homes. Every home at Civano North Ridge will receive the DOE E-Scale for meeting the requirements of the Builders Challenge. “I commend Pepper Viner Homes for their tremendous energy saving initiatives underway here at Civano Northridge,” said Ed Pollock, project lead for DOE’s Builders Challenge program. “Their participation in the Builders Challenge is just the beginning of a movement toward giving consumers information about the energy efficiency of their homes so they can make smart choices that save them money and contribute to America’s energy-independence.” Earlier this year, DOE launched the challenge to the home building industry to build 220,000 high-performance energy efficient homes by 2012. By 2030, DOE’s Building America program will have completed research to enable Americans to purchase cost-effective Net Zero Energy Homes. The 1.3 million homes built to the Builders Challenge between now and then, will save Americans an estimated $1.7 billion in energy costs, or the carbon equivalent of taking 606,000 cars off the road. “We have changed the way we build homes. To meet the strict energy savings standards, our homes have to be built better. They are tighter, quieter and offer better indoor air quality,” Viner continued. “We have learned that by using building science, we can produce homes that offer our buyers a lifetime of savings and a price comparable to similar homes without the energy saving features.” To date, The U.S. Department of Energy has qualified 600 homes across the nation as part of the Builders Challenge. The E-Scale is a national metric that enables homebuyers to better understand energy efficiency when purchasing a home. Civano North Ridge is located east of Houghton and south of Irvington. The tour will be at the model located at 5131 S. Hanna Heather Place. ###

Imagine a free festival, full of authors, readings and most of all, books.

In one year, that will be a reality. The first Arizona Daily Star Tucson Festival of Books with The University of Arizona will take place March 13-15, 2009, at the UA.

Pepper Viner Homes has been named the Builder of the Year by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. “While it may seem a bit of an oxymoron in a down market, this has been a good year for Pepper Viner Homes,” said Bill Viner, President. “We have been able to focus on our future and have implemented four initiatives that truly change the way we build homes and the way we do business.”

In many places across the country, it’s a rough time to be a home builder.

New-home sales are dropping nationwide, prices are being slashed, and the value of one of builders’ prime assets, land for subdivisions, may be slipping as demand cools.

It’s really a simple equation. “If the crews are winning, the trade is winning. If the trade is winning, Pepper Viner is winning. If the builder is winning, the homebuyer wins.” That’s how Rick Stephenson, Director of Construction, sums up the First Time Quality program.

Our first High Performance – High Design homes are sold and under construction. The cooperation from the key trades who are involved in framing, stuccoing, insulating and the mechanical systems at Civano North Ridge has been outstanding.

Pepper Viner Homes is a local builder and believes that part of their responsibility is to give back to the Tucson community. In 2007 Pepper Viner has supported many worthy causes including the Ronald McDonald House, Vail School District, Tucson Housing Trust Fund, Jewish Community Center, Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center and Chad’s Open for Autism. Whenever possible, Pepper Viner is hands-on in our charitable activities. For example, many of our employees turned out to build a playground for physically and mentally challenged children on the Tucson Medical Center campus. In September 2007, a number of our employees participated in the Leukemia/Lymphoma Walk in support of the son of an employee.