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LEED for Homes Award Winners

Seven projects that received special recognition.

LEED for Homes Award Winners

Seven projects that received special recognition.

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    Naomi C. O. Beal Photography

    Innovative Project Award. The Platinum-certified BrightBuilt Barn from a team of Northeast green professionals including Kaplan Thompson Architects and Bensonwood Homes is one of the only buildings in the world that is truly carbon neutral: By making more clean energy than it consumes, over its life span, the home will offset the atmospheric greenhouse gases produced by its construction.
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    Pulte Homes

    Outstanding Production Builder Award. Each dwelling in Pulte Homes’ Villa Trieste, a 185-unit community in northwest Las Vegas, will feature a roof-integrated solar-electric power system and a wall-mounted touchscreen connected to an energy meter to allow homeowners to see how much energy they are generating and using in real time.
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    Mike Dean Photography

    Outstanding Single Family Project Award. Designed by Arbor South Architecture, the 1,447-square-foot The Sage home in Eugene, Ore., earned 109 LEED-H points, one of the highest scores ever achieved. Its tight envelope includes double 2x4 stud walls, separate plates to eliminate thermal bridging, spray-foam insulation for R-32 in the walls and R-45 in the vaulted ceilings, and tight sealing, making it 12 times tighter than Energy Star requirements.
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    Outstanding Commitment to LEED for Homes Award. The Keesler Air Force Base project in Biloxi, Miss., by Hunt Yates currently has 792 registered single-family homes pursuing LEED for Homes certification, making it the largest LEED-certified project in the nation and the first Air Force installation to have LEED-certified homes.
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    Outstanding Affordable Housing Project Award.Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s Hope Crossing is a 59-acre affordable-housing development that once completed will be the largest LEED-certified Habitat for Humanity community in the U.S. OG&E, the local energy utility, donated energy-efficient windows, foam insulation, and compact fluorescent lights and ClimateMaster donated geothermal systems for each unit to help achieve an expected 50% reduction in monthly energy bills.
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    Outstanding Multifamily Project Award.Wakeland Housing & Development Corp.’s Platinum-certified Los Vecinos project in Chula Vista, Calif., is a 42-apartment affordable-housing project featuring a solar PV system that generates 90% of the development’s energy. The property is on average 39% more energy-efficient than comparable properties following California energy-efficiency standards.
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    Outstanding Affordable Developer Award. Homes in the Columbia Housing Authority’s Rosewood Hills project in Columbia, S.C., are being built to LEED-Gold and LEED-Silver standards and include a diverse mix of apartments, townhomes, senior housing, and single-family homes catering to a range of incomes.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of its 2009 LEED for Homes Awards, which recognizes projects, developers, and home builders that have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace

The 2009 award categories recognize production builders, single-family homes, affordable housing projects, multifamily housing, and an overall commitment to LEED for Homes.

“This year’s winners have set themselves apart for exhibiting exceptional leadership within the residential community and for their steadfast commitment to green home building,” said Nate Kredich, vice president, residential market development for the USGBC. “These innovators will help transform the market toward more healthy, high-performing homes that are regarded as some of the best in the country.”

This year’s LEED for Homes award winners were selected from among dozens of nominations received from the USGBC’s network of 38 LEED for Homes Provider organizations throughout the country. They were presented during the 2009 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held in Phoenix last month.

For details on each winner, launch the slide show above.

Jennifer Goodman is Senior Editor Online for EcoHome.