Kathy Orton, web editor of The Washington Post’s Real Estate section, won a third-place award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) for an article she wrote on a super energy efficient home built for a low-income family.

At its Friday night ceremony in Atlanta, the organization representing journalists covering the real estate industry also recognized Post contributors Katherine Salant and Kenneth R. Harney for their work. In total, Orton, Salant and Harney won five awards from the association.

Salant was named a gold or first-place winner for best column. She also won the president’s silver or second-place award for best freelance collection.

Harney won a bronze award in the breaking news category for a column he wrote about home equity protection insurance that was pulled off the market. The columnist, who is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, also won a silver award for best column.

Orton’s story, which ran in December, highlighted a collaboration between a group including Parsons the New School for Design and Habitat for Humanity to build an affordable green home in Deanwood for a low-income family.

In honoring Orton, the judges said: “The story examined the question of whether sustainable housing can be affordable. The reporter worked on the story for several months and wrote about a collaboration of a university, a non-profit agency and a government agency in the District of Columbia. It is an engaging and smartly written account.”

The judges said this about Salant: “This columnist writes about diverse topics with equal ease. The stories would be of wide interest to consumers and her writing style is crisp and concise.”

This is how the judges described Harney’s work: “This columnist addresses a variety of topics in a thoughtful and well explained manner. Most of the columns require substantial legwork and research and would be of great value to readers.”

NAREE’s 63rd annual contest included about 25 categories. The judges were from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.