With more than 155 designs submitted in the Chain of Eco-Homes design competition, organizers Greensburg GreenTown and FreeGreen.com are now calling on the public to cast votes for the best green house design entry. Votes from the general public will be combined and tallied to create a ranking of the designs, which will be treated as a vote equal to those of the competition jurors during the final round of judging.

Greensburg GreenTown was established in May 2007 to help the residents of Greensburg, Kan., rebuild their community after the town was leveled by a tornado. Soon thereafter, the grassroots organization launched the 12-house Chain of Eco-Homes project to develop living laboratories that will inform the town's residents and visitors about a variety of green and tornado-resistant building techniques, home sizes and prices, energy-efficient features, and green living products and services. The competition invited design professionals and creative nonprofessionals to design two- to three-bedroom single-family houses using one of three disaster-resistant and green wall systems.

One $10,000 grand prize-winner and two runners-up will be chosen. The winning designs will be built in Greensburg, where they will be used as information centers and as lodging for eco-tourists wishing to experience green living. The designs and plans also will be available for download from FreeGreen at www.freegreen.com, free of charge.

Competition judges include: Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP; Allison Arieff, editor-at-large, Sunset magazine and columnist for The New York Times; Lloyd Alter, columnist for TreeHugger and associate professor at Ryerson University in Toronto; Ron Jones, CEO of Green Builder Media; Steve Hewitt, Greensburg city administrator; and Ben Uyeda, FreeGreen's chief architectural officer and university lecturer. Winners will be announced Oct. 15, 2009.

The public voting period ends September 30, so visit www.freegreen.com/greensburg/most-voted.aspx?page=1 to peruse the designs and cast your vote.