12/31/2014

2014 Green Builder Magazine Home of the Year Awards

For seven years, Green Builder Magazine has awarded a distinct collection of honors to homes around the United States. These homes have utilized some of the latest practices in technology and tradition. The 7th Annual Home of the Year Awards judging was performed through an online process, and judges looked at unique elements of green building for each category. These elements included green building certification, HERS performance, and overall excellence in the green building arena.
Home of the Year Winners

Nine U.S. homes were honored in the following 2014 Home of the Year award categories:

•    Grand Overall Winner: Desert Rain in Bend, Oregon
•    Best Resilient Design: Bellasol at Rosecrest in Herriman, Utah
•    Best Building Science: Karuna House in Newberg, Oregon
•    Best Community Project: GROW Community in Bainbridge Island, Washington
•    Best Alternative Structure: The Charleston Lowcountry Charm Home in Johns Island, South Carolina
•    Best Demonstration Home: Honda Smart Home US in Davis, California
•    Best Infill Project: Stream Belmont in Seattle, Washington
•    Best Affordable Project: River Falls Eco-Village in River Falls, Wisconsin
•    Best Mainstream Green: Pumpkin Ridge Passive House in North Plains, Oregon

Zehnder’s Inclusion in these Award Winning Homes

Zehnder is proud to be installed in four of these award-winning green building projects: Newberg’s Karuna House, Bainbridge Island’s GROW Community, the River Falls’ Eco-Village, and North Plains’ Pumpkin Ridge Passive House. Zehnder’s whole-house heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) provide the needed fresh ventilation for these high-performance buildings.

This year’s judges included:

•    Les Wold, managing partner of Effect Home Builders in Edmonton, Canada, who design and build net-zero energy homes in a northern climate.
•    Robert Bulechek, a RESNET HERS Energy Rater, EPA Energy Star 3 Rater, BPI Building Analyst Pro, BPI Building Envelope Pro, BPI AC & Heat Pump Pro, Energy Efficiency Consultant, and a Level I Thermographer.
•    Paul Poirier of Paul Poirier + Associates, a licensed architect in California, Nevada, and Alabama and a member of the AIA California Council’s Committee on the Environment.
•    Bruce Hammond, CEO of Hammond and Company, a construction services and development company focused on identifying and utilizing construction technologies and practices that minimize environmental impact.