Green Wins BIG at IBS

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In its fifth year, NAHB’s Best in Green (BIG) Awards recognized the best green-certified projects in a variety of categories, including single-family homes, multifamily projects, communities and remodeling. Winners were chosen based on their innovative use of green features, aesthetics, functionality, amenities and high-performance certifications. "The Best in Green Awards are the industry’s most prominent awards recognizing projects and individuals that are leading the way in high performance and sustainability," said Ray Tonjes, NAHB’s 2018 Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee Chairman, from Austin, Texas. "This year’s award winners are a particularly impressive group, representing the best of the best across several sectors of the building industry." This year's winners include:
  • Best in Green 55+ Community: Mirabella, Bradenton, Fla.
  • Best in Green Community: Mahncke Park, San Antonio, Texas
  • Best in Green Community: Caliza Courts Rowhouses, Alys Beach, Fla.
  • Best in Green Multifamily Affordable Project: Elements Collection, Denver, Colo.
  • Best in Green Multifamily Market-Rate Project: Ten at Clarendon, Arlington, Va.
  • Best in Green Single-Family Custom Home: Historic Infill Home, Decatur, Ga.
  • Best in Green Single-Family Production Home: Panacea Collection, Denver, Colo.
  • Best in Green Remodeling Project: Norcross Remodel, Dallas, Texas
  • Best in Green NGBS Project of the Year: Historic Infill Home, Decatur, Ga.
In addition to the top green projects, the BIG Awards also honored two home builders associations (HBAs) who have long been advocates and leaders in the green and sustainable space: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and Home Builders Association of Metro Portland. "We were pleased to be able to recognize the great work our members are doing in their local communities to support sustainable living," noted Tonjes. "Both the Santa Fe Area HBA and the HBA of Metro Portland had such active and impactful voices in their local green building markets in very different ways, that the judges thought two awards should be given this year to celebrate the achievements within the Federation." [caption id="attachment_14500" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Joe Lstiburek challenges the audience at the High Performance Building Zone to pinpoint building systems blunders following the BIG Awards.[/caption] The awards concluded with an interactive session featuring Dr. Joe Lstiburek, whom the Wall Street Journal has dubbed the "dean of North American building science." Lstiburek tested the audience’s knowledge with photographic examples of building projects gone wrong to see if attendees could pinpoint the errors in a segment he called "Stump the Chump." Examples included everything from a vinyl wallpaper installation gone wrong to rotting stucco. To see the finalists and other additional information about the Best in Green awards visit For more information about NAHB’s sustainable and green building programs, contact Assistant Vice President Jaclyn S. Toole. To stay current on high-performance building, follow NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building team on Twitter.

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