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Housing Innovation Awards Showcase Benefits of Energy Efficiency at Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO

Friday, October 4, 2013

By Perry Luksin

The first-ever Housing Innovation Awards were presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO today in Irvine, California, and focused on four building categories: DOE Challenge Home BuildersHome Performance with ENERGY STAR Participating Contractors, Excellence in Building Science Educator of the Year, and Building America Top Innovations. The Housing Innovation Awards recognize a diverse group of industry leaders who are helping communities across the country save money and energy and are leading the way to affordable, comfortable zero net-energy ready homes. The Housing Innovation Awards support the Energy Department’s commitment to help harness American ingenuity to commercialize and deploy cutting-edge technologies, as well as to promote improving the energy efficiency of the U.S. housing stock.

The following entries were presented with Housing Innovation Awards today:

DOE Challenge Home Builder Awards

The DOE Challenge Home Builder Awards are presented to builders that are changing the way homes are designed and constructed. The DOE Challenge Home designation is the symbol of excellence in home building. Only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by Energy Department guidelines.

 Systems Builders:

  • Weiss Building & Development LLC [Grand Winner]
  • Clifton View Homes [Winner]
  • Dwell Development [Winner]


Custom Builders:

  • Preferred Builders Inc. [Grand Winner]
  • BPC Green Builders [Winner]
  • Caldwell & Johnson Custom Builders &  Remodelers [Winner]
  • e2 Homes [Winner]
  • Furguson Design & Construction Inc. [Winner]
  • StreetScape Development LLC [Winner]
  • Transformations Inc. [Winner]
  • Weiss Building & Development LLC [Winner]


Production Builders:

  • New Town Builders [Grand Winner]
  • Garbett Homes [Winner]
  • KB Home [Winner]
  • Nexus EnergyHomes [Winner]
  • Palo Duro Homes Inc. [Winner]
  • Transformations Inc. [Winner]


Affordable Builders:

  • Mandalay Homes [Grand Winner]
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services [Winner]
  • Manatee County Habitat for Humanity [Winner]
  • TC Legend Homes [Winner]

Home Performance With ENERGY STAR Participating Contractors

The award is presented to participating contractors that have demonstrated innovative business practices that mark them as leaders among their peers. They exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to improve homes. Only contractors that take part in rigorous training, apply the whole-house approach, adhere to program requirements, and continuously improve their workmanship through quality assurance measures can engage with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR as participating contractors.

  • Energy Efficiencies Solutions [Winner]
    Customer Relations and Market Leadership
  • Halco [Winner]
    Market Leadership, Energy Savings, and Sales & Marketing
  • Insulation Technologies [Winner]
    Customer Relations and Energy Savings
  • Powersmith Home Energy Solutions [Winner]
    Market Leadership, Energy Savings, and Sales & Marketing

Excellence in Building Science Education Award

The Excellence in Building Science Education Award is presented jointly by the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) and the Energy Department to advance the state of building science curricula across the United States and Canada. Patrick Huelman, an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota, is being recognized for his exemplary work teaching building science and preparing a generation to produce buildings that are energy-efficient, healthy, comfortable, and durable.

Building America Top Innovations

Recipients were acknowledged for their game-changing Building America research achievements. These innovations are helping to guide residential building professionals in moving toward more energy-efficient, healthier, and durable homes.

Advanced Technologies and Practices:

  • High-Performance Ducts:
    Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings [Winner]
  • High-Efficiency Furnace Blower:
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Winner]
  • High-Efficiency Window A/C:
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory [Winner]
  • Next Generation Advanced Framing:
    Partnership for Home Innovation [Winner]


House-As-A-System Business Case:

  • Zero Net-Energy Ready Single Family Homes:
    Alliance for Residential Building Innovation [Winner]
    Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction [Winner]
    Building Science Corporation
    Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings [Winner]
    IBACOS [Winner]
    NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership [Winner]
    Partnership for Home Innovation [Winner]


Effective Guidance and Tools:

  • Window Replacement, Rehabilitation and Repair Guide:
    Building Science Corporation [Winner]
  • Quality Management System Guidelines:
    Building Science Corporation [Winner]
    IBACOS [Winner]
    Partnership for Home Innovation [Winner]
  • Building America Solution Center:
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [Winner]
  • Exterior Rigid Insulation Best Practices:
    Building Science Corporation [Winner]
    NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership [Winner]
    Partnership for Home Innovation [Winner]


Infrastructure Development:

  • Standardized Data Sharing System (HPXML)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory [Winner]

All winning entries will be featured in the Housing Innovation Awards display in the Competitor’s Pavilion at the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO through Sunday, Oct. 6.

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