USGBC Recognizes Top Green Projects

At Greenbuild, the USGBC presented the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers, and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace.  An independent panel of judges decided on a diverse selection of these single-family, multifamily, affordable, and development projects:


Project of the Year

The Go Home – GO Logic, LLC, Belfast, Maine (LEED Platinum)

GO Home “uses minimal energy and was built at construction costs comparable to a building a standard home. As a net zero and passive house, The GO Home was designed to bring design and energy performance in line with affordability, and is designed to slash energy usage by 90 percent. The project will be replicated across a 36-home community in Maine,” according to the USGBC.

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Outstanding Single Family Project

PowerHaus – Josh Wynne Construction, Sarasota, Florida (LEED Platinum)

Passive ventilation, cooling and lighting, coupled with innovative use of cutting-edge technologies earned the Sarasota, Fla. home the lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score on record in the U.S. The high-design, high-performing home actually produces more energy than it consumes.

[+] Read our coverage of PowerHaus.


Outstanding Multi Family Project

Primera Terra – KB Homes, Playa Vista, California (LEED Platinum)

Special attention was given to optimizing the 52-unit building’s envelope in order to maximize performance. KB Home controlled costs by performing cost/value reviews and proved that a LEED Platinum project can be designed and built without a significant increase in construction costs.

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Outstanding Affordable Housing Projects

Juneberry Lane – Clackamas Community Land Trust, Oregon City, OR (LEED Platinum)

Juneberry Lane … built on a high density infill property, consists of 12 subdivisions of six duplexes, and provided permanently affordable homes for families with modest incomes in Oregon City, Ore. Buyers are required to invest sweat equity towards landscaping and home maintenance projects, helping to sustain its aesthetics while building a cohesive community.

[+] More info about Juneberry Lane.


In addition, ActiveWest Builders was recognized as Outstanding Production Builder; New Hope Housing of Houston, Tex. was recognized as Outstanding Affordable Developer; and the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (Michigan) was recognized for Outstanding Program Commitment.


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