With an increased emphasis on adequate ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ) in the wake of COVID-19, the importance of healthier homes and IAQ has been a trending concern for consumers. Although indoor air quality and potential associated health effects might be new a concept for some, many green builders, raters and building science experts have been incorporating IAQ strategies for years. For instance, voluntary green programs such as Indoor airPLUS and the National Green Building Standard® contain a plethora of techniques for decreasing and mitigating the effects of contaminants and improving IAQ.
To recognize builders and raters that are paving the way for building healthier homes that focus on improved IAQ, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized leaders during the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award ceremony at the recent Energy & Environmental Building Alliance's (EEBA) virtual High Performance Home Summit.
More than 70% of the builders and raters recognized in this prestigious national awards program are NAHB members. Additionally, NAHB member EnergyLogic from Berthoud, Colo., received the Leader of the Year award in the Rater category. Last year, the company verified close to 300 Indoor airPLUS-labeled homes, and its staff continue to train and educate others in the industry about the program through diversified marketing strategies.
Additional NAHB members award winners this year include:
- Charis Homes – North Canton, Ohio
- DJK Custom Homes – Naperville, Ill.
- Dorn Homes – Prescott, Ariz.
- Kettler Forlines Homes – Montgomery Village, Md.
- Leading Force Contracting Services – Yakima, Wash.
- Maracay Homes – Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Thrive Home Builders – Denver
- E3 Energy – Flagstaff, Ariz. – 11-time Indoor airPLUS Leader Award Winner
- Energy Inspectors – Las Vegas – Highest volume rater in the program; have already verified more than 6,000 indoor airPLUS homes as of mid-2020
- EnergyLogic – Berthoud, Colo.
- Steven Winter Associates (SWA) – Norwalk, Conn. – Ninth consecutive Indoor airPLUS Leader Award; also provides technical assistance for the program
EPA's press release provides a complete list this year's winners, as well as in-depth profiles on each awardee. To learn more and stay current on the high-performance residential building sector with tips on water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and other building science strategies, follow NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building team on Twitter.