NAHB Green: Awards presentation honors 13
Net zero energy homes, sustainable building practices and solar power were among the many buzz words overheard at the National Green Building Awards presented Monday night at the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City.
Thirteen builders, remodelers and other home building industry professionals were honored for their achievements in green homebuilding.
"These awards recognize and celebrate the most forward-thinking builders and remodelers in green building," said Bob Jones, immediate past chairman of NAHB and a builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "These award winners are pushing the envelope of what we can achieve with energy and resource efficiency."
Among the remarkable projects was a house built for the National Park Service in Wheeler County, Oregon, by Ted Clifton, of Zero-Energy Plans LLC. The house produces enough energy to run itself and power an electric vehicle for 700 miles in February and 800 miles in March, Clifton said when accepting the award.
When Heather Ferrier, marketing manager of Ferrier Custom Homes of Fort Worth, Texas, accepted her award for a single-family remodel under $100,000, she said, "I couldn't have done it without my dad and a slew of an army behind him."
Five single-family home projects received honors:
- Tall Pines Construction, for the Sungazing House in Park City, Utah, for Project of the Year, Single-Family Custom Home
- Habitat for Humanity, Bay-Waveland Area, of Hancock County, Miss., for Project of the Year, Affordable Single-Family
- Imagine Homes of San Antonio, Texas, for Project of the Year, Single-Family Production Builder
- Zero-Energy Plans LLC, of Coupeville, Wash., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Concept and Research
- Imery and Company, of Athens, Ga., for Project of the Year, Small-Volume Single-Family Builder
In addition, two remodeling projects and one multifamily project received awards:
- Sun Mountain Construction Inc. of Corrales, N.M., for Single-Family Remodel over $100,000, which won for the Noel and Cooper home
- Ferrier Custom Homes of Fort Worth, Texas, for Single-Family Remodel under $100,000, which won for the Lovell remodel
- Actus Lend Lease of Nashville, Tenn., won Project of the Year, Multifamily Low-Rise, four stories or less, for Campbell Crossing Zero Energy Homes at Fort Campbell, Ky.
And five individuals or organizations earned awards for their efforts in green building advocacy:
- Addison Homes of Greer, S.C., as Builder Advocate of the Year
- Philip Beere of Green Street Development in Scottsdale, Ariz., as Remodeler Advocate of the Year
- Jennifer Languell, Ph.D., of Fort Myers, Fla., as Individual Advocate of the Year
- The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, Okla., as Home Builders Association Advocate of the Year
- The Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee’s Green Building Council and Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, Tenn., as Group Advocate of the Year
Sponsored by Bosch Home Appliances, Mohawk Industries and SolarCity, the awards dinner was one of the highlights of the three-day conference, from May 1-3, which featured educational programs, an exhibition of green products and a tour of local green homes and developments.
Teena Hammond Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.