Energy Department names winners of Housing Innovation Awards (photos)

Energy Department names winners of Housing Innovation Awards (photos)

Multifamily award winner from New Town Builders

The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders and 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.

During the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Conference in Denver, Colorado the DOE provided distinguished recognition to the very best in business excellence required to deliver high-performance homes.

The following industry professionals were presented with Housing Innovation Awards:


The homes in this category represent one of the most important goals we have—making high performance homes affordable to purchase and to live in for households below an area's median income.

Grand Award Winner—United Way of Long Island, Deer Park, New York

This DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winner was an affordable home in the mixed-humid climate that got HERS 40 without PV, -3 with PV, with 2x4 16: on center walls with R-13.5 dense packed cellulose and 1.5” polyiso rigid; basement with 2.5: polyiso on interior; unvented attic with R-48 ocsf under roof deck; ERV tied to wall hung boiler with hydro coil.
  • Green Extreme Homes/Carl Franklin Homes, Lewisville, Texas (Previous winner in 2014)
  • Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida (Previous winner in 2014)
  • Sunroc Builders, Lakeland, Florida


This new category recognizes the growing importance of energy efficiency in multifamily housing.  Applications include buildings with more than two units serving multiple homeowners. 

Grand Award Winner—New Town Builders, Denver Colorado (Previous Grand Award Winner—Production in 2013 and 2014)

This DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winner was a multifamily project with 26 units in the cold climate that achieved a HERS 54 without PV, or HERS 28 with PV, with 2x6 24” on center walls with R-23 blown fiberglass; slab foundation with R-10 rigid at slab edge; plus R-10 rigid exterior; R-22 ICF basement walls; vented attic with R-50 blown fiberglass; 92 AFUE furnace, 13 SEER AC.
  • Mutual Housing California, Sacramento, California 


Homes entered in this category are built using stock plans and are reproducible in large volumes. 

Grand Award Winner—Mandalay Homes, Phoenix, Arizona (Previous winner in 2014; Grand Award Winner—Affordable in 2013)

This DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winning production home was built a the hot-dry climate and scored a HERS 52 without PV, or HERS -2 with PV, with 2x6 16” on center walls with R-14 ocsf plus R-4 rigid exterior; slab on grade with R-8 slab edge; sealed attic with R-31 ocsf under roof deck; 92 AFUE furnace, 15 SEER AC, 100% LED.
  • Grand Award WinnerKB Home, Los Angeles, California (Previous winner in 2013; 2014) 
  • BrightLeaf Homes, Brookfield, Illinois 
  • Dwell Development, Seattle, Washington (Previous winner in 2013)
  • High Performance Homes, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 
  • Palo Duro Homes, Farmington, New Mexico (Previous winner in 2013; 2014; Most Homes Award in 2014)


Homes in this category are custom designed for a unique customer.

Grand Award Winner—BPC Green Builders, Wilton, Connecticut (Previous winner in 2013; 2014)

This DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winning custom home in the cold climate achieved a HERS 33 without PV or HERS -14 with PV, with 8.5” double 2x4 walls with 8.5” (R-32) blown cellulose plus R-6 rigid foam, basement with 3” ccsf on interior plus 2x4 stud walls with R-13 blown cellulose, with R-20 around slab, R-38 under slab; a vented attic with R-100 blown cellulose; a central heat pump; HRV; heat pump water heater; 100% LED; and Passive House Institute U.S.+, LEED platinum, and Living Building Challenge certifications.
  • Addison Homes, Greer, South Carolina 
  • Amaris Homes, Maplewood, Minnesota 
  • Charles Thomas Homes, Elkhorn, Nebraska 
  • CVH Inc., Coupeville, Washington—Knigge and Shelley Residences (Previous winner in 2013; 2014)
  • Evolutionary Home Builders, Geneva, Illinois (Previous Grand Award Winner in Systems Category in 2013)
  • Glastonbury Housesmith, South Glastonbury, Connecticut 
  • Greenhill Contracting, Inc., Esopus, New York—20, 26 and 28 Cooper (Previous winner in 2014)
  • Hammer and Hand, LLC, Seattle, Washington 
  • Mantell-Hecathorn Builders, Durango, Colorado 
  • TC Legend Homes, Bellingham, Washington (Previous winner in 2013; Grand Award Winner—Affordable in 2014)
  • Heirloom Design Build of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia 


During the 2015 awards cycle, Mandalay Homes has built 48 homes that meet the rigorous Energy Department Zero Energy Ready Home specifications. 


The Energy Department's Housing Innovation Awards recognize builders who are transforming the way we build high performance homes today. This award recognizes a legacy builder who has been instrumental providing a foundation for this transformation.  The 2015 winner is John Wesley Miller from Tucson, Arizona.

To learn more about the DOE Housing Innovation Awards, visit the Housing Innovation Awards website. To take a virtual tour of DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes in your climate region, visit the DOE Tour of Zero website

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Energy Star, Home Design & Plans

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy

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