This just in!
A few weeks ago, we posted the exciting news that we had been honored by the US Department of Energy with our second Housing Innovation Award for a Ridgeline F project recently completed with a builder partner in Wilmington, NC. Housing Innovation Award winners are chosen from among homes certified to the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program, and were recognized at the annual Energy and Environmental Builder’s Alliance (EEBA) conference in Denver.
During the awards ceremony we just learned that not only were we one of four Housing Innovation Award recipients in the category of custom for buyer under 2500 square feet–our project was selected as the Grand Winner in that category! We are so honored, as there were many exciting projects on display.
Some other interesting tidbits from this year’s EEBA Conference and Housing Innovation Awards ceremony:
- North Carolina was once again well represented among award winners, with three separate winners from North Carolina, and two of us from Asheville!
- Collectively, the Housing Innovation Award winning homes will save over $2 million in energy costs over their first 30 years of life.
- Research presented showed that that high performance builders think the next major innovation to revolutionize building will be automation and off-site building.
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm spoke during the award ceremony, reiterating the importance of the built environment in solving our emergent energy issues in society at large. Homes that are built to use dramatically less energy, through electric sources that are “ready for zero” with the continued growth of solar and battery storage options, and homes that are built with materials and construction methods that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have a key role to play in a de-carbonized future. We are thrilled to be recognized as leaders helping move the industry forward!