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Green Building Council Announces LEED Homes Awards

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Late last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes residential projects, developers and builders that use LEED to improve quality of life for residents, reduce a building’s impact on the environment and create healthier and more resilient communities.

“LEED is known for setting the highest standards for the sustainability and performance of buildings, and it plays an even more important role when it’s applied to our personal spaces—our homes,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.

“We are seeing more and more homeowners and builders make the important decision to pursue LEED, and USGBC is committed to continue building on the success of the residential market.”

Courtesy of the U.S. Green Building Council

Late last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes residential projects, developers and builders that use LEED to improve quality of life for residents, reduce a building’s impact on the environment and create healthier and more resilient communities. The Owen Residence (pictured) achieved LEED Platinum with sustainability features like 42 PV solar panels that provide all the energy needed to power the 2,662-square-foot home, as well as two vehicles.

Categories include Outstanding Single-Family Project, Outstanding Multi-Family Project, Outstanding Affordable Project, Outstanding Developer and Project of the Year.

This year’s recipients are:

Outstanding Single-Family Project

  • Holt Residence, Providence, Rhode Island - a LEED Platinum 100-year-old residence. “From the absence of harmful volatile organic compounds in building materials to the 1,000-gallon cistern rainwater capture system used for landscape irrigation, the details behind this project make for a major sustainability milestone,” the USGBC said.
  • Silverman Residence, George Town, Cayman Islands - This home is equipped to store nearly 20,000 gallons of rainwater that can be filtered for human consumption in an emergency situation.
  • Owen Residence, Little Rock, Arkansas - This home achieved LEED Platinum with sustainability features like 42 PV solar panels that provide all the energy needed to power the 2,662-square-foot home, as well as two vehicles.

Outstanding Multi-Family Project

  • Kottinger Gardens Phase 1, Pleasanton, California - Phase 1 of this project provides senior residents access to community amenities, walking paths and outdoor spaces all within the price of affordable housing limits. It also includes sustainability features like PV solar panels, high-efficiency windows,and Energy Star appliances.
  • The Albany Damien Center, Albany, New York - After a devastating fire that destroyed the original project, the Albany Damien Center was able to rebuild and achieve LEED Gold. Some sustainability features include low-flow fixtures, LED lighting and radon-resistant construction techniques.
  • Ten at Clarendon, Arlington, Virginia - This community achieved LEED Platinum for sustainability features that include a rooftop garden as well as bike storage and a bike repair shop.

The Silverman Residence is equipped to store nearly 20,000 gallons of rainwater that can be filtered for human consumption in an emergency situation.

Outstanding Affordable Project

  • El Camino Real Apartments, Hatch, New Mexico - As apartments that sit on a floodplain, the final design included a primary retention pond to capture storm water runoff, numerous small detention ponds connected around the site, permeable landscape zones and a finish-floor height above the historic 100-year flood level.
  • CAMBA Gardens Phase II, Brooklyn - This project employs energy-efficient features like Energy Star appliances, low-flow plumbing features and high-efficacy lighting, which contribute to a 22% savings over the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline.
  • Casa Feliz, Albuquerque - Some of the sustainability features include Energy Star appliances and 100% permeable landscaping surface to allow for efficient irrigation and water use reduction.

Outstanding Developer

  • Marshall Gobuty, Bradenton, Florida;
  • First Community, San Jose, California; and
  • Brightview Senior Living, Baltimore.

The USGBC also released a list of “2018 LEED Homes Power Builders,” which it calls “an elite group of developers and builders who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and the residential green building movement.”

The Holt Residence is a LEED Platinum 100-year-old residence. “From the absence of harmful volatile organic compounds in building materials to the 1,000-gallon cistern rainwater capture system used for landscape irrigation, the details behind this project make for a major sustainability milestone,” the USGBC said.

This year’s LEED Homes Power Builders are developers and builders that have LEED-certified 75% of their homes/unit count built in 2018.

That list includes:

  • AMLI;
  • Brookfield Properties;
  • CAMBA Housing Ventures Inc.;
  • The Dinerstein Companies;
  • Frankel Building Group;
  • Gerding Edlen;
  • Housing Visions;
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Housing;
  • JHM Group;
  • Koral Gobuty Development;
  • Maracay Homes;
  • MHI Austin;
  • MHI Dallas;
  • National Community Renaissance;
  • Native American Connections;
  • Fair & Square Builders;
  • Thomas Development; and
  • Thrive Home Builders.

For the first time, the USGBC is including the community in the Project of the Year. Public voting is open for the award through an online poll. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on June 28, and the winner will be announced next month.

   

Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Good Technical Practice; LEED; NA; North America; Residential Construction; U.S. Green Building Council; United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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