The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) will present the 55th annual BIA Parade of Homes during the open house weekends this month. The 2011 theme, “Sustainable Lifestyle … Sustainable Homes” will showcase new homes statewide and educate consumers on the latest trends, technology and design innovations in residential construction.

The free open house events are scheduled for Oct. 8-9 and 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Developers and their projects that you can explore in the October open house weekends include Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. for “Kealakai at Kapolei Unit #2”; D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes LLC for “La Hiki at Mehana Plan #3”, “Makalae at Sea Country Pawa” and “Pulewa at Mehana Plan B”; Gentry Homes Ltd. for “Haiku at Haleakea by Gentry”, “Trades by Gentry Aheahe” and “Trades by Gentry ‘Olu’olu”; Hale Ka Lae LLC for “Hale Ka Lae”; Kisco Senior Living for “Ilima at Leihano”; St. Francis Development Corp. for “Franciscan Vistas Ewa”; and Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. for “Milo Court Haku Plan at Kehalani” in Wailuku on Maui.

When you visit the 2011 new model homes, enter to win a $15,000 nine-panel 2.25-kilowatt photovoltaic system from Bonterra Solar Services and visit for the locations and driving directions to all 11 model homes. You also can get information on the Bonterra Solar Services photovoltaic system, the BIA Parade of Homes’ grand prize, and all the 2011 model homes inside the 55th annual BIA Parade of Homes Guidebook that is inserted inside today’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.