Green Builder Media Announces Winners of Green Home of the Year Competition

Winners of this year’s sustainable housing competition are stunning yet highly livable residences that take net-zero performance for granted. New categories this year recognize sustainable innovation, cities, and a “superhero.”

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Lake City, Colo., Feb. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Builder Media’s Home of the Year and Sustainability Awards program, now in its 11th year, recognizes the industry’s most authentic, advanced, beautiful and sustainable projects--and the professionals who design and construct them.

“Homes like these represent a perfect fusion of art and science,” says Green Builder Editor-in-Chief Matt Power. “Their extremely high performance mostly happens behind the walls, giving the lucky owners time to simply live their lives in an environment with good indoor air quality, clean water, and more than a few smart home technologies.”

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The stand-out winners boast sustainable features, innovative design, whole-home performance and integration with the natural environment.

“Energy efficiency and great design don't have to sleep in separate bedrooms, the way they did 20 years ago,” Powers adds. “These homes bring passion back into the home building business. The hard work of builders embraces the inspired concepts of great architects.”

"Don't believe those who say that homes aren't built the way they used to be, Powers adds. “Take any of these homes side by side with a home from 1970 and there's almost no comparison, either in building science or floorplan. These beautiful homes are simply better built: more resilient, more efficient, with a visual wow factor.”

“We have never been more excited about our annual awards program,” says Ron Jones Green Builder Media’s Founder and President. “After a decade of celebrating the ‘best of the best’ in green building projects it is only natural that we expand the recognition to include outstanding communities, exemplary municipal programs, great products, and special individuals in sustainability. This year’s honorees have all set new standards and we couldn’t be more proud to present them.”

The winners, who will be celebrated at an awards dinner February 17 at Mr Chow in Las Vegas, are listed below.

Download Green Builder’s awards issue here for in-depth articles on all the winners.

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2019 Green Home of the Year Award Winners By Category

Home and Community
Overall Grand: Rowe Toogood Residence, Bend, Ore.  
Architect/Designer: The Shelter Studio Builder: Phillip Chavez, Gretchen Rowe

Alternative Building
Strickland Residence, Oak Harbor, Wash.
Architect/Designer: Zero-Energy Plans
Builder/Developer: Clifton View Homes

Black Residence, Katonah, N.Y.
Architect/Designer: Great Oak Studio Architecture
Builder: Dynamite Contracting

Mainstream Green
Northwest NetZero, Seattle
Architect/Designer: First Lamp Architecture
Builder/Developer: Dwell Development

Offsite Construction
Epic on French, Breckenridge, Colo.  
Builder: Heritage Homes of Nebraska
Developer: Mountain Life Companies

Small Footprint
Tiny Bamboo Bungalow, Kea’au, Hawaii
Architect/Builder: Bamboo Living

Sustainable Community
Whisper Valley, Austin
Developer: Taurus Investment Holdings

Sustainability Showcase
Panacea Retreat, Denver
Architect: DTJ Design
Builder: Thrive Home Builders
Developer: Forest City Stapleton Inc.

Sustainability Superhero
Nathan Good, Nathan Good Architects, Salem, Ore.

Sustainable City
Large City: New York, NY
Mid-sized City: Orlando, FL
Small City: Wellington, FL

Sustainable Innovations of the Year
Overall Winner: EcoSmart
Innovative Air Sealing: Aeroseal
Smart Plumbing: American Standard
Bath Ventilation: Delta
Leak Detection: Uponor and Flo
HVAC Performance: Lennox
Heat Pump Technology: LG One
Zoning Efficiency: LMO (Mitsubishi-Trane)
Flexible Code Compliance: Panasonic
Solar Advancement: SolarEdge
Structural Ingenuity: Tstud

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The Overall Grand winner of this year's competition is Rowe Toogood Residence, Bend, Ore.