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EnergyValue Housing Awards

Six projects recognized as Gold winners in the 2011 competition.

EnergyValue Housing Awards

Six projects recognized as Gold winners in the 2011 competition.

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    Wathen-Castanos Hybrid Homes
    Clovis, Calif.

    This 1,985-square-foot home features a 3.7-kW photovoltaic system, a 19-SEER air conditioner, a 0.98 EF tankless gas water heater, and an innovative ventilation design with supply vents at interior walls and all ducts insulated to R-8 and located outside the thermal envelope. The production builder, named the 2011 EVHA Builder of the Year, was lauded by the judges for building high-efficiency, competitively priced homes.

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    CVH Inc. dba Clifton View Homes
    Oak Harbor, Wash.

    Energy modeling was performed early on in this remodeling project to help save the client money, and it worked: Despite a 10% increase in square footage, utility bills for the home have dipped to one-third of what they were prior to the renovation, thanks to a new ultra-efficient insulation package. The company was named 2011 EVHA Remodeler of the Year for its commitment to sound building science techniques and quality control mechanisms.

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    Cobblestone Homes
    Bay City, Mich.
    This solar-powered home, one of the first affordable net-zero-energy homes in Michigan, features an exceptionally tight building envelope; ultra-efficient HVAC and water heating systems; a drainwater heat recovery system; and low-E, gas-filled, triple-pane vinyl windows with a U factor of 0.2 and a SHGC of 0.23 to 0.27. It boasts a HERS rating of 37 (-4 with PV).

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    Ferrier Custom Homes
    Ft. Worth, Texas

    A 2.4-kW wind turbine helps power this SIPS home, which boasts a 0.99 EF tankless electric water heater with PEX distribution and 100% LED and CFL lighting with advanced controls. A TED energy-monitoring device allows homeowners to see household electricity consumption in real time.

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    GreenCraft Builders, LLC
    Lewisville, Texas

    This home’s net-zero energy design--including passive solar features and a 9-kW photovoltaic system--has been producing a utility credit since the home's occupancy early last year. Constructed using advanced framing techniques, the structure is insulated with R-21 open-cell foam with R-5 foam sheathing.

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    CVH, Inc. dba Clifton View Homes
    Greenbank, Wash., Residence

    This SIPS-built home features an insulating concrete form basement with R-20 underslab insulation. To keep the indoor air comfortable and healthy, the builder included an air-source heat pump with in-floor, multizone radiant distribution and a whole-house HEPA air filtration system.

From custom dwellings to wind-powered houses to high-performance retrofits, some of the nation’s most energy-efficient homes and their builders were honored this week as winners of the 2011 EnergyValue Housing Awards (EVHA).

The annual award, administered by the NAHB Research Center to challenge builders to elevate standards for energy-efficient construction and foster the adoption of energy-efficiency principles, recognized 12 companies that voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into all aspects of new-home or retrofit construction by utilizing products and technologies such as solar power and hot water, ultra-efficient building techniques, and energy-saving appliances. The winners were announced during the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.

Finalists were selected from three climate regions (cold, moderate, hot) and four project categories (affordable, custom, multifamily, production). To view the six Gold winners, click on the slide show above. For a list of all winners, click here.