2017's LEED-ing sustainable homes recognized
Illustration by USGBC
As demand for sustainable homes increases with the growing population of an environmentally conscious millennial market, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) continues working to advance the high-performance industry.
As part of its effort, the organization has unveiled the recipients of its 2017 LEED Homes Awards, an annual honor given to innovative projects, architects, developers and homebuilders leading the residential green building market.
The honorees include multifamily, single-family and affordable housing projects and companies that used innovative and effective sustainability methods in residential spaces last year.
LEED Homes Award recipients include:
Projectof the Year: The House at Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, NY
Developed by The Hudson Cos. and Related Cos., Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus features “The House,” a LEED platinum multifamily residence open to students, staff and faculty. This 26-story full-functioning apartment building uses 60-70 percent less energy than that of a similarly sized typical building.
Outstanding Single-Family Project: Historic District Infill Home, Decatur, GA
The Historic District Infill Home fits seamlessly into a prestigious existing historic district while meeting the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability through LEED platinum certification. The 100 percent electric home employs state of the art concepts in design, construction and mechanical systems.
Outstanding Single-Family Developer: Maracay Homes, Scottsdale, AZ
Maracay Homes has been a leader in Arizona’s sustainable real estate industry. The company has constructed more than 9,000 homes in Phoenix and Tucson.
Outstanding Multi-Family Project: PassiveTown Phase 3, Building K, Kurobe, Japan
PassiveTown Phase 3, Building K is a LEED platinum low-rise multifamily residence and the first LEED for Homes project in Japan. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, developer YKK Fudosan Co. realized the importance of sustainable and resilient design and decided to construct the three-block PassiveTown community.
Outstanding Multi-Family Developer: The Hudson Companies Inc., New York, NY
The Hudson Companies Inc. focuses on urban development in the New York metropolitan area. Each of its developments is designed to achieve green building standards like LEED.
Outstanding Affordable Project: Crescent Crossings Phase 1, Bridgeport CT
Crescent Crossings is the result of a collaboration between JHM Financial Group, Crosskey Architects and Viking Construction, which wanted to create a durable, welcoming community with low tenant utility bills.
Outstanding Affordable Developer Builder / Developer: Native American Connection, Phoenix, AZ
Part of Native American Connection’s cultural heritage is the mindfulness to how actions affect future generations. Incorporating LEED into the work gives tenants a higher quality of life while ensuring a healthier future.
The LEED for Homes rating system was created in 2008 as a way for single-family homes and multi-family buildings to achieve LEED certification. LEED for Homes projects undergo a technically rigorous process to become certified, including multiple on-site inspections and diagnostic tests.
More than 1.2 million residential units currently participate in LEED.
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council