USGBC announces 2011 LEED for Homes Award recipients
October 5, 2011 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders who have “demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace”. The 2011 award categories recognize innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes, and Project of the Year.
By Anthony Capkun
“Healthy, high-performing residential projects don’t have to cost more, and that is evidenced in many of this year’s winning projects,” said Nate Kredich, VP residential market development, USGBC.
2011 Project of the Year Award
Awarded to the GO Home in Belfast, Maine, built by GO Logic. With a footprint of 1500 sf, the three-bedroom LEED Platinum residence is Net Zero and Passive. The GO Home was designed to bring design and energy performance in line with affordability, and is designed to slash energy usage by 90%. The project will be replicated across a 36-home community in Maine.
Awarded to Power Haus, built by Josh Wynne Construction. Passive ventilation, cooling and lighting coupled with cutting-edge technologies earned the Sarasota, Fla. home the lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score on record in the States. The home produces more energy than it consumes.
KB Home’s Primera Terra residential community located in Playa Vista, Calif., was recognized. Special attention was given to optimizing the 52-unit building’s envelope to maximize performance.
Production Builder Award
ActiveWest Builders was recognized for its Meadow Ranch Development in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—a LEED for Neighborhood Development project.
Outstanding Affordable Housing Project Award
The LEED Platinum Juneberry Lane project, developed by Clackamas Community Land Trust, is built on a high-density infill property.
Affordable housing developer New Hope Housing of Houston, Tex., was recognized for developing safe and affordable single room occupancy (SRO) housing for adults with limited incomes.
Outstanding Program Commitment Award
This award went to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based branch of the housing organization committed to LEED certification for all of its new and gut-rehab projects.
To learn more about LEED for Homes, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.