The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized 34 of the nation's leading builders as 2016 Housing Innovation Award winners. The honorees were selected by a diverse panel of builders, architects, and industry professionals for their outstanding accomplishments in designing and building Zero Energy-Ready Homes. (View the video above for a case study of one of the winners, Seattle-based green home builder Dwell Development.)

"Housing Innovation Award winners are leaders in the ongoing transformation of the housing industry as they strive to zero energy-ready homes," says Sam Rashkin, chief architect, DOE's Building Technologies Office. "The level of performance we saw from our awardees underscores the importance of building high-efficiency homes of the future. These homes provide Americans with the ability to save money through reduced or eliminated utility bills, engineered comfort, comprehensive health protection, and overall peace-of-mind they are making a smart investment."

The 2016 Housing Innovation Award Winners are:

Grand Winner: United Way of Long Island, Deer Park, New York
Carl Franklin/Green Extreme Homes, Lewisville, Texas
Clifton View Homes (CVH) Inc., Coupeville, Washington
Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley, Hickory, North Carolina
Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region, Traverse City, Michigan
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Revival Homes, New Hartford, Connecticut
Sunroc Builders, Lakeland, Florida

Grand Winner (tie): Revive Properties and Philgreen Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado
Grand Winner (tie): Thrive Home Builders, Denver, Colorado
AquaZephyr, LLC, Ithaca, New York

Grand Winner: Mandalay Homes, Phoenix, Arizona
Greenhill Contracting, Esopus, New York
Revive Properties and Philgreen Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado
Thrive Home Builders, Denver, Colorado

Grand Winner: Imery Group, Athens, Georgia
Addison Homes, Greer, South Carolina
Amaris Homes, Maplewood, Minnesota
Charis Homes, North Canton, Ohio
DP Construction, Prattville, Alabama
E2 Homes LLC, Winter Park, Florida
Greenhill Contracting, Esopus, New York
High Performance Homes, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Insulsteel Building Enclosures, Charleston, South Carolina
Knaggs Construction Inc., Kearney, Nebraska
Mantell-Hecathorn Builders, Durango, Colorado
Paul Torcellini, East Hartford, Connecticut
TC Legend Homes, Bellingham, Washington
Zero Energy Plans, Coupeville, Washington and Pepper Tree Homes, Waitsfield, Vermont

Grand Winner: Dwell Development, Seattle, Washington
Addison Homes, Greer, South Carolina
BrightLeaf Homes, Brookfield, Illinois
Bundle Design Studio, Bellingham, Washington
DP Construction, Prattville, Alabama
Element Design | Build, Henderson, Nevada
Garbett Homes, Salt Lake City, Utah
Heath E Community Enterprise of Virginia, Williamsburg, Virginia
Lifestyle Homes, Inc., West Melbourne, Florida

In 2016, Mandalay Homes (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the distinction of building the most homes certified to the rigorous Zero Energy Ready Home specifications.