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US Department of Energy Announces 2017 Housing Innovation Award Winners

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For Immediate Release:


The US Department of Energy Announces Winners of Prestigious Housing Innovation Awards


The Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards recognize nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation’s leading builders yesterday at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Overall, 26 award-winning homes were selected from five categories: Affordable Homes, Multi-Family Homes, Production Homes, Custom Homes (Buyers), and Custom Homes (Spec).


“Housing Innovation Award winners represent the top 1% of builders across the country who successfully demonstrate they can meet the federal government’s most rigorous specifications for high-performance homes,” said Sam Rashkin, chief architect at DOE’s Building Technologies Office. “Zero Energy Ready Homes are designed to provide a whole new level of home owner experience, including ultra-low utility bills, ensured comfort, comprehensive water protection, whole-house fresh air delivery, high-capture filtration, contaminant control, and enhanced durability.”


“These winners are leading a national movement to Zero Energy Ready Homes, providing better places for Americans to live, stronger communities, and a more economically and environmentally resilient nation,” said Rashkin.


The 2017 Housing Innovation Awards featured the highest number of applicants in the history of the Zero Energy Ready Home program. From among these applications, an esteemed panel of judges had the difficult decision of selecting winners and grand winners in each of the five categories. Additionally, the judges selected a select number of homes as honorable mentions, which will be featured on the DOE Tour of Zero, a virtual tour of Zero Energy Ready Homes across the country.


A complete list of the 2017 Housing Innovation Award Winners is below.  Visit the U.S Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award’s website to learn more about the awards.  You can view the award winning homes from previous years on the DOE Tour of Zero.


2017 Housing Innovation Award Winners


Winners for Innovation in Affordable Homes


Capstone Homes, Flagstaff, Arizona

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley, Hickory, North Carolina

United Way of Long Island, Huntington Station, New York—Grand Winner


Winners for Innovation in Custom Homes (For Buyer)


Alliance Green Builders, Ramona, California—Grand Winner

BPC Green Builders, Staatsburg, New York

Clifton View Homes Inc., Anacortes, Washington

Ferrier Custom Homes, Dallas, Texas

Garden State Modular Homes, Lavallette, New Jersey

High Performance Homes, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Imery & Co., Chamblee, Georgia

SD Jessup Construction, Tobaccoville, North Carolina

Mantell-Hecathorn Builders, Durango, Colorado


Winners for Innovation in Custom Homes (Spec)


Addison Homes, Greenville, South Carolina

Amaris Homes, Afton, Minnesota—Grand Winner

BrightLeaf Homes, Brookfield, Illinois

Charis Homes, Uniontown, Ohio

Greenhill Contracting, Gardiner, New York—Grand Winner

Thornhill Custom Homes, Dallas, Texas


Winners for Innovation in Multi-Family Homes


Revive Properties, Fort Collins, Colorado

Thrive Home Builders, Lone Tree, Colorado—Grand Winner


Winners for Innovation in Production Homes


Charles Thomas Homes, Omaha, Nebraska

Garbett Construction, Sandy, Utah

Health-E Community Enterprise, Richmond, Virginia

Mandalay Homes, Prescott, Arizona

Revive Properties, Fort Collins, Colorado

Thrive Home Builders, Denver, Colorado—Grand Winner

Winner: Most Homes Certified


Mandalay Homes, Prescott, Arizona


There are builders who construct one extraordinary home a year and then there are those who construct many of these homes. In 2017, Mandalay Homes had the distinction of building the most homes meeting the rigorous Zero Energy Ready Home specifications.


Honorable Mentions


Bellingham Bay Builders, Custer, Washington

Celebration Green Design, Guilford, Connecticut

Clifton View Homes Inc., Snohomish, Washington

Dwell Development, Seattle, Washington

E2 Homes, Windermere, Florida

Greenhill Contracting, New Paltz, New York

Insulsteel Constructors, Charleston, South Carolina

Seville Consulting, Decatur, Georgia

TC Legend, Custer, Washington

Passive Dwellings, Hillsdale, New York

Unity Homes Inc., Walpole, New Hampshire