NAHBGreen Awards

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    ALESSANDRIA This home has a HERS index of 38 with R-20 blown-in cellulose in the walls and R-38 in the attic. All drywall is sealed to the plates, corners, and around windows and doors on exterior walls. Ventilation is provided by two ERVs. The home also incorporates a 1.94 kW Dow Powerhouse solar shingle system and a thermal solar water heater.

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    James Moses

    PROUDGREENHOME Designed to use 60% less energy than that of a similar home built to current energy code, the ProudGreenHome is located in the sustainable community of Serenbe outside of Atlanta. The home's energy consumption is projected to be net-zero thanks to its rooftop PV panels.

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    THE PERFORMANCE HOUSE Certified NGBS-Emerald, this home also meets the criteria of the Energy Star 3.0, EPA Indoor airPlus, WaterSense, and DOE Challenge Home programs. Features such as two-foot overhangs help to keep out the hot summer sun while allowing the lower winter sun to come through south-facing windows. R-31 insulation was used in the 2x6 wall assembly with R-52 and R-53 in the roof assembly and behind knee walls. An energy management system helps the owners understand and regulate their energy consumption.

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    AFFORDABLE COASTAL COTTAGE The cottage, which was constructed on the footprint of a pre-Katrina home, incorporates many green features such as advanced framing, low-flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, low-E windows, open-cell spray foam, and a 17-SEER two-speed HVAC system. Passive strategies including window corss ventilation, two-foot roof overhangs, and shade trees demonstrate cost-effective ways to decrease energy use in the hot, humid climate.

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    EMORY POINT PHASE 1 This transit-oriented mixed-use development encompasses more than 80,000 square feet of retail space and 443 apartment units. In addition to several energy-efficient features, two 30,000-gallon underground water cisterns capture rainwater from the roof as well as condensation from the HVAC systems.

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    Bob Fortner

    PRESERVING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE The whole-house renovation of this 40-year-old home brought its HERS rating down from 98 to 59. Strategies included upgraded windows, a dual-zoned and right-sized HVAC system, and replacement and sealing of ductwork.

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    FORT BLISS FAMILY HOUSING The 250 new multifamily homes at Fort Bliss respond to the U.S. Army's initiative for net-zero wastewater and energy. In addition, Balfour Beatty Communities is installing 13.2 megawatts of rooftop solar PV panels on a total of 4,700 homes at Fort Bliss, which will make it the largest solar-powered community int he world.

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    ARBOR HOUSE This affordable housing project blends energy efficiency and high-performance construction with great design features. Precase concrete walls and floors were used to construct the eight-story building. As walls were erected, prefinished modular bathroooms were delivered and moved into their final location saving time, money, and materials. The building features a 10,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse that houses the first-ever hydroponic farm on a residential building.

Several builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals have been named by the NAHB as winners of the annual NAHBGreen Awards, which recognizes excellence in residential green design and construction practices and green building advocacy. The winners were honored at a dinner during the International Builders' Show earlier this month in Las Vegas. Click on the slide show above for photos and descriptions of the winning homes. 

Single-family home projects were honored in four categories:
--Project of the Year: Single-family - Production: Alessandria - Reserve at Old Fredericksburg, Boerne, Texas, Imagine Homes, San Antonio, Texas
--Project of the Year: Single-family - Small Volume: Imery Group's ProudGreenHome, Chattahoochee, Hills, Ga., Imery Group, Athens, Ga.
--Project of the Year: Single-family Custom: The Performance House, Old Greenwich, Conn., Preferred Builders, Inc., Riverside, Conn.
--Project of the Year: Single-family - Affordable: Affordable Coastal Cottage, Bay St. Louis, Mo., Habitat for Humanity Bay Waveland Area, Inc. Bay St. Louis, Mo.

Green Site Development projects were honored in two categories:
--Project of the Year: Green Site Development - Single-family Detached: Rivera Greens, Buffalo, N.Y., Natale Building Corp., Clarence, N.Y.
--Project of the Year: Green Site Development - Multifamily/Mixed Use: Emory Point Phase 1, Atlanta, Ga. Gables, Residential, Atlanta, Ga.

One remodeling project and multifamily projects in two categories were also honored:
--Project of the Year: Remodel- Preserving Our Environmental Heritage in Heritage Hills, Paradise Found Construction, Cary, N.C., Balfour Beatty Communities and Balfour Beatty Construction, Newtown Square, Pa.
--Project of the Year: Multifamily, Low-Rise - Four Stories or Less: Fort Bliss Family Housing Emerald Homes, Fort Bliss, Texas, Balfour Beatty Communities and Balfour Beatty Construction, Newtown Square, Penn.
--Project of the Year: Multifamily, High Rise - Five Stories or More: Arbor House, Bronx, N.Y., Blue Sea Development Company, LLC, N.Y.

Finally, three awards were given to individuals or organizations for their outstanding efforts in green building advocacy:
--Advocate of the Year: Builder: Martha Rose, Martha Rose Construction, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
--Advocate of the Year: Group: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas
--Advocate of the Year: Individual: Brian Baker, Baker Development Group, LLC, Orefield, Pa.

The NAHBGreen Awards are open to both NAHB members and non-members. For additional information on the awards, visit www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Atlanta, GA, Las Vegas, NV.