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NAHB selects two SIP homes for National Green Building Awards

Salt Lake City, Utah —The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) recognized thirteen builders, remodelers and other home building professionals who are leading the construction industry in green building practice and advocacy during the 13th annual National Green Building Conference on May 2, 2011.

“These awards recognize and celebrate the most forward-thinking builders and remodelers in green building,” said Bob Jones, immediate past chairman of NAHB and a builder from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. “These award winners are pushing the envelope of what we can achieve with energy and resource efficiency.”

Of the eight individual projects selected, two were constructed with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Tall Pines Construction was awarded the Project of the Year award, as well as the Single-Family Custom Home category award, for the Sungazing House in Park City, Utah. The award is another entry in a long list of accolades for the ultra-energy-efficient Passive House, which also won the SIPA Building Excellence Awards and was named Green Home of the Year by Green Builder Magazine.

SIPA member Zero-Energy Plans, LLC won the Single-Family Concept and Research category for its innovative zero energy home in Mitchell, Oregon. Using a passive solar design, along with active solar generation and an energy-efficient SIP building envelope, the home reached a HERS Index of -15, meaning it produces more energy than it consumes. According to designer Ted Clifton of Zero-Energy Plans, some of the excess energy is used to power the homeowners’ electric vehicle. The home also met the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard.

SIPA member Ferrier Custom Homes received the Single-Family Remodel under $100,000 award for their sustainable renovation of a 1938 home in Fort Worth, Texas.

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