Proud Green Home receives NAHB 'Project of the Year Award for Single Family-Small Volume'

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Proud Green Home receives NAHB 'Project of the Year Award for Single Family-Small Volume'

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented its prestigious "Project of the Year Award for Single Family-Small Volume" to The Imery Group of Athens, Ga., on Feb. 5, 2014, for the company’s construction of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.

The first home sponsored by, The Proud Green Home at Serenbe was designed to demonstrate that an energy-efficient home could also reflect a sophisticated architectural style without compromise for the occupants.

See a slide show of the award-winning Proud Green Home.

Luis Imery of The Imery Group received the award at the 2014 NAHB Green Awards conducted during the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

"It's thrilling that our vision for creating a beautiful, high-performance home resonates with so many people," Imery said. "The project started with a powerful design, and was made possible by support from the manufacturer sponsors and subcontractors that brought it to life."

Watch the video from the NAHB Green Awards ceremony:

Designed by Chris and Jodi Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared Inc., the Proud Green Home at Serenbe scored a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index of negative 2, compared to the average new home index of 100. The home received EarthCraft Platinum certification and was named EarthCraft Project of the Year for 2013 as well. In addition, the home earned certifications for Energy Star Version 3.0, WaterSense and EPA Indoor airPLUS.

Sponsor Contributions

  • BASF: Spray-foam insulation
  • Benjamin Obdyke: Home Slicker® Rainscreen & Blockade™ Mortar Deflection System
  • Boral: Interior and exterior brick
  • Huber Engineered Woods: Zip System® R-Sheathing
  • Kleendeck: KleenWrap
  • Kohler: Low-flow water fixtures
  • LG Electronics: Solar panels, appliances, ducted mini split HVAC
  • Metal Sales: Metal roofing and wall panels
  • Ply Gem: Windows
  • PowerWise: Energy monitoring
  • PPG Pittsburgh Paints: Low-VOC paints
  • Wood-Mode: Low-VOC cabinets
  • Zehnder America: ERV


"The Proud Green Home was designed and built to function as an integrated system with every component affecting the next, and everything flowing together to create the ultimate in sustainable living," said Bob Fincher, CEO and publisher of Sustainable Community Media, which operates, where the home is featured in articles, videos and photo galleries.

The home is located in the sustainable community of Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., where every home is required to be EarthCraft certified.

Every aspect of the home's energy use will be monitored and reported for one year after the homeowners move in, to show the effectiveness of the associated green building techniques. It will serve as a laboratory, educating consumers and professionals about what it takes to be a Proud Green Home.

The home, a 2,600-square foot, two-story contemporary style, features an array of high-performance products from manufacturers that support green building.

Sponsors of The Proud Green Home at Serenbe include BASF, Benjamin Obdyke, Boral Bricks, Huber Engineered Woods, KleenWrap, Kohler,LG Electronics, LG HVAC, LG Solar, Metal Sales, Ply Gem, PowerWise Systems, PPG Architectural Coatings, Wood-Mode and Zehnder America. Along with the builder, architect, SmartBIM, CX Technologies and Serenbe, the Southface Institute is a strategic partner in the home. Southface is a nonprofit organization that for more than 30 years has promoted energy, water and resource-efficient workplaces, homes and communities throughout the Southeastern United States.

Read more about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.

Topics: Appliances, Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Exteriors, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation, NAHB, Paint | Low VOC and No VOC, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Proud Green Home at Serenbe, Sustainable Communities

Companies: Southface Energy Institute, Knauf Insulation, Kohler, BASF Corporation, Serenbe Sustainable Community, LG Squared, Inc., Benjamin Obdyke, Zehnder America, SmartBIM, Huber Engineered Woods, Wood-Mode, Inc.

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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