Blu® Homes Founders to be Honored with Business Innovator Award

May 9, 2013

Maura McCarthy And Bill Haney, Founders Of Green, Modern Prefab Company Blu Homes, to Accept Award Presented By Root Cause On May 9th in Boston

WALTHAM, MA—May 9, 2013—Blu® Homes, Inc. (“Blu”), the leading builder of architect-designed, precision-built green homes, announced today that co-founders Bill Haney and Maura McCarthy will be honored with the third annual Business Innovator Award from Boston-based non-profit Root Cause.

Root Cause's Business Innovator Award is given to members of the business community who have built a business with a social mission that creates positive impact in the communities in which it operates. Past honorees, who have included Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm and Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar, have led their respective companies to significant success and have demonstrated a commitment to supporting innovation across sectors. The purpose of the award is to draw parallels between groundbreaking business practices and social innovation.

“Blu Homes brings game-changing technology to home building, and was founded with the mission of creating innovative, beautifully designed green homes that are accessible to all types of Americans,” said Bill Haney, Blu Homes founder and president. “We are honored to receive this award from Root Cause, which recognizes our commitment to progressive business practices.”

Maura and Bill will accept the award at Root Cause’s tenth annual Social Innovator Showcase on Thursday, May 9th at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center. The showcase will highlight five 2013 Social Innovators and one of Root Cause’s 2013 Impact Entrepreneurs for potential investors, as well as spark conversations on the best approaches for developing and spreading innovation. More than 300 business, government and philanthropic leaders from greater Boston will attend the event.

Blu was launched in 2008 by Bill Haney, an experienced technology and environmental entrepreneur, and Maura McCarthy, a venture capitalist with a background in prefab housing. Bill currently serves as Blu president while Maura serves as vice president of strategic development. Bill and Maura are also co-founders of the nonprofit World Connect, which works to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children in underserved and under-resourced communities worldwide.

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About Blu Homes

Blu Homes, Inc. is the leading provider of beautiful and green precision-built prefab homes in North America. Built in its own 250,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Vallejo, California, Blu’s inspired and nationally recognized homes can be found from New York to the Colorado Mountains and the Pacific Coast. Blu’s proprietary steel framing and building technology result in homes that are as strong as they are beautiful; ship efficiently; and are conveniently finished on site by our own teams. Blu homes are more economical, healthier to live in, require lower maintenance, and are much stronger than conventional construction. Visit Blu is also the proud builder of the Sunset magazine 2012 Idea House in Healdsburg, California. For more information on the Sunset Idea House, click here.

About Root Cause

Root Cause is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business to advance solutions to today’s toughest social issues. For more information, please visit the Root Cause website (


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