Check Out the 2015 LEED Homes Award Winners
Sometimes, you just have to give green designs a round of applause, which is why the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has the annual Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Homes Awards. Every year, it recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders for their demonstration of innovative design in residential green buildings.
This past June, the USGBC announced the 2015 recipients of the LEED Homes Awards, where seven projects and builders received official recognition for their outstanding work. This was also the first year in which the LEED Homes Power Builders was launched, in which the developers themselves were awarded for achieving LEED certification in 90 percent of their buildings that year.
For your interest, below are the project profiles of each of the 2015 award winners.
Project of the Year: The Woodlawn
Location: Portland, Ore.
What: This LEED Platinum 18-unit mixed-use apartment building was constructed primarily with reclaimed and highly renewable materials. It features 4,500 sq ft of eco-roof and 1,100 sq ft of living wall siding.
Outstanding Single-Family Project: The Taft School Faculty Residence
Location: Watertown, Conn.
What: This residence and learning lab is located on the Taft School Residence. The students are able to monitor the energy use; other features include urban farming with vegetables and chickens. The building is Connecticut’s first LEED Platinum certification under the new and more stringent LEED v4 rating system.
Outstanding Single-Family Builder: Frankel Building Group
Location: Houston, Texas
What: This company builds custom-designed, high-performance homes. In 2015, it completed 28 homes, all of which were designed to adhere to LEED Homes standards. Of these houses, 26 have been, or will be, officially LEED certified. The Frankel Building Group claims that it is the first custom home building company to have adopted LEED standards.
Developers: Frankel Building Group
Outstanding Affordable Builder: National Church Residences
Location: Columbus, Ohio
What: National Church Residences is a not-for-profit organization that initiates, constructs, acquires and manages affordable housing for seniors. In 2009, it achieved the LEED Platinum certification for Buckingham Place, and is currently pursuing LEED certification for 15 other projects.
Developers: National Church Residences
Outstanding Affordable Project: Brookside Village Housing
Location: Farmington, Maine
What: Brookside Village is federally subsidized housing for the elderly. The LEED Platinum housing units have net-zero energy usage, and the developers aim to provide affordable, comfortable housing by designing with high energy efficiency.
Designers: ; Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure—Herbert Semple, AIA Architect/Project Manager; Pinkham & Greer Consulting Engineers—Tom Greer, PE; H. E. Callahan Construction Co.—Jeff Ohler
Outstanding Multifamily Project: Tilley Lofts
Location: Watervliet, NY
What: This LEED Platinum-certified apartment complex was once a ladder manufacturing facility. It shut down and was vacant for 10 years, only to be reclaimed by the development team behind Tilley Lofts. According to its website, the heating and cooling system for Tilley Lofts reduces the building’s Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (MTCDE) by roughly 55 percent. This is compared to the standard construction technique of gas furnaces, air conditioner systems, hot water heaters and low-value insulation systems.
Outstanding Multifamily Developer: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
What: Currently, Forest City has 11 multifamily projects containing more than 4,000 apartment units pursuing LEED certification. Since 2008, it has certified eight multifamily projects containing more than 2,600 units, half of which were certified in 2015.
Designers: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
The LEED for Homes rating system was developed in 2008 so that single-family and multifamily buildings have a way to achieve certification under the world’s most recognized rating system for green buildings. To check out more LEED residence buildings or other green buildings, visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s website.