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EnergyValue Housing Awards

The Gold and People's Choice Award winners from the 2012 competition.

EnergyValue Housing Awards

The Gold and People's Choice Award winners from the 2012 competition.

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    This Frederick, Md., net-zero duplex was built by Nexus EnergyHomes, the EVHA Builder of the Year. The production builder extensively researched technologies, materials, and practices that would allow it to offer zero-energy homes that cost less than $300,000 to build.

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    To get the most from a limited budget, Ferrier Custom Builders focused on sealing the attic and wall cavities of this formerly deteriorating Ft. Worth, Texas, home. Restored original woodwork gives the house a vintage charm that fits in with other historic homes in the neighborhood.

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    This net-zero home, constructed by Flynner Building Company for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Dream Home in Boise, Idaho, features double wall construction, triple-pane windows, a ductless mini-split heat pump, and solar thermal and PV systems.

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    The National Park Service contracted with Kirby Nagelhout Construction to build this functional and durable net-zero ranger's house at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon.

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    For this Tucson, Ariz., solar-powered home, the design team from production builder LaMirada Homes chose SIPs construction for the walls and roof because of its thermal efficiency and ease of installation.

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    Built by Scott Homes, this 2,066-square-foot home in Olympia, Wash., received a HERS rating of 39--without any renewable energy systems--in large part due to its tight SIPs construction.

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    Josh Wynne Construction installed sufficient PV capacity to generate more than enough power for this 3,070-square-foot Sarasota, Fla., home and to lower its HERS rating to -22.

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    This Arkansas custom home from Stitt Energy Systems, winner of the People's Choice Award, has a 2.2 kW PV system that generates 42% of residents' annual electrical needs.

From solar-powered production houses to high-performance retrofits, some of the nation’s most energy-efficient homes and their builders were honored last week as winners of the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Awards (EVHA).

The annual award, administered by the NAHB Research Center to challenge builders to elevate standards for energy-efficient construction and foster the adoption of energy-efficiency principles, recognized companies that voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into all aspects of new-home or retrofit construction by utilizing products and technologies such as solar power and hot water, ultra-efficient building techniques, and energy-saving appliances. The winners were announced during the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.

Nexus EnergyHomes, a Maryland-based start-up builder that specializes in producing net-zero energy homes, was recognized as the Builder of the Year, and Ferrier Custom Builders, a Ft. Worth, Texas-based company specializing in high-efficiency custom houses, received EVHA’s Remodeler of the Year award. Stitt Energy Systems, based in Rogers, Ark., captured the People’s Choice award after getting the most online votes prior to the awards ceremony.

Finalists were selected from three climate regions (cold, moderate, and hot) and five project categories (affordable, custom/demonstration, multifamily, production, and existing homes). To view the seven Gold winners and the People's Choice Award winner, click on the slide show above.

Silver winners are:

• Armstrong Builders LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii—New Affordable Category, Hot Climate

• Colorado Dream Homes Inc., Pagosa Springs, Colo.—New Custom/Demonstration Category, Cold Climate

• Clifton View Homes, Coupeville, Wash.—New Custom/Demonstration Category, Moderate Climate

• Ferrier Custom Homes, Ft. Worth, Texas—New Custom/Demonstration Category, Hot Climate

• G Street, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.—Existing Single-Family Category, Hot Climate

• GreenPinkies, LLC, Fayetteville, Ark.—Existing Reconstruction/Demonstration Category, Moderate Climate

• Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc., Venice, Fla.—Existing Reconstruction/ Demonstration Category, Hot Climate

• Lend Lease, Fort Campbell, Ky.—New Multifamily Category, Moderate Climate

• TAG Mechanical Systems, Syracuse, N.Y.—Existing Single-Family Category, Cold Climate