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Green Building Council Honors Small, Affordable Home

1/12/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC, LEED

 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its 2010 LEED for Homes Awards today, recognizing projects, developers and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. “This year’s winners embody the innovative work of dedicated leaders throughout the residential building community,” says Nate Kredich, USGBC vice president for residential market development. “These innovators are helping to transform the market toward more healthy, high performing homes that are regarded as some of the best in the country.”

The 2010 Project of the Year award was given to Postgreen’s 100K House in Philadelphia, a LEED Platinum home built for less than $100 per square foot that demonstrates compact development, streamlined design and construction process, and energy-efficiency strategies. The clean, simple, 1,150-square-foot modern home is built on an urban infill site, less than a quarter mile from the subway and close to several bus routes. “We believe that reusing land in a dense, transit-oriented neighborhood is a prerequisite to sustainable development,” the USGBC jury states.

100k house 

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, which built seven LEED-certified homes at the Gold or Platinum level, received the award for Outstanding Program Commitment. The Outstanding Production Builder award was given to Artistic Homes, which has built more than 230 LEED-certified homes in New Mexico. The Outstanding Single Family Project award was given to ILM Design Build’s 3404 Talon Court in Wilmington, North Carolina, a gut rehab project that earned one of the highest LEED scores nationwide. The award winners were selected from hundreds of nominations by an independent panel of judges nominated by the LEED for Homes stakeholder community.

 Photo above: The 100k House in Philadelphia is a great example of urban infill. Photo by Sam Oberter 



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