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2019 Green Home of the Year Awards

Sometimes less is more.

That’s how judges summed up several of the winning projects in this year’s Green Home of the Year Awards. Many of this year’s entrants have embraced the Tiny Home concept and found a way to be small yet stylish and a showcase to sustainability. Our expert panel of judges evaluated projects in terms of overall sustainability, resilience, synergy with the environment and surrounding neighborhood, affordability, creativity and the depth of science employed. Here are their choices for the eight most exemplary and imaginative green homes.

Green Builder Media would like to thank our judges for their expertise, time, and consideration.

Jillian Pritchard Cooke headshotJillian Pritchard Cooke has more than 35 years of design experience globally. She established DES-SYN, Inc., an award-winning design firm known for interiors that are innovative, sustainable and healthy. Cooke founded Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW), a program designed to create new standards for non-toxic, low-impact interiors, including construction techniques, building practices, home furnishings and textiles. She is currently on the National Association of Home Builders Green and Sustainable Committee and Global Opportunities Board. S McGee headshot 300Stace McGee’s passion for residential architecture is realized through the design of sustainable custom home and multi-family buildings. His wealth of experience in retail architecture, particularly in South Florida, provides an improved shopping experience for the modern shopper. A passionate advocate for green building, McGee helped to found the first local chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in New Mexico and Palm Beach, Fla. He is regularly asked to present at the annual Greenbuild conference. B Roth headshot 300Bill Roth has been involved in the construction industry in New Mexico since 1975, when he arrived in Santa Fe and went to work making adobe bricks for $0.10 each. His company, Modern Design+Construction, Inc., specializes in small- to medium-sized modern homes that are built to the highest green building standards. Roth was part of the team that developed the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) protocol for the homebuilding industry. M Shapiro headshotMark Sapiro has established a reputation for superior custom home building and consulting in the Los Angeles and adjacent areas. After four decades of building the established Mark Sapiro Professional Building Services (MSPBS) and Structure Home building firms, he is currently focusing on owners representative and expert witness work. He is a former senior vice president of construction operations for Braemar Homes. Sapiro is a licensed general contractor with a degree in Construction Management.

Rowe_0118Grand Overall Winner

Riverfront Masterpiece

Name: Rowe Toogood, Bend, Ore.
Architect/Designer: The Shelter Studio
Builder: Philip Chavez, Gretchen Rowe
Photographer: Ross Chandler/Chandler Photography





Best Alternative Building

The Simple Life

Name: Strickland Residence, Oak Harbor, Wash.
Architect/Designer: Zero-Energy Plans, LLC
Builder: Clifton View Homes
Developer: Clifton View Homes





Best Historic Rejuvenation

A Grand Old Time

Name: Black Residence, Katonah, N.Y.
Architect/Designer: Great Oak Studio Architecture
Builder: Dynamite Contracting
Photographer: Meredith Black





Best Mainstream Green

Organic Infill

Name: Northwest Net Zero, Seattle, Wash. 
Architect/Designer: First Lamp Architecture
Builder/Developer: Dwell Development
Photographer: Tucker English





Best Offsite Construction

An Epic Effort

Name: Epic on French, Breckenridge, Colo.
Landscape Architect: Norris Design
Builder: Heritage Homes of Nebraska
Developer: Mountain Life Companies
Photographer: Garratt Hasenstab




Best Small Footprint

Better with Bamboo

Name: Tiny Bamboo Bungalow, Kea’au, Hawaii
Architect/Designer: Bamboo Living
Builder: Bamboo Living
Photographer: Andrew Richard Harare





Best Sustainable Community

Loud as a Whisper

Name: Whisper Valley, Austin, Texas
Architect/Designer: Pacesetter Homes
Builder: Pacesetter Homes
Developer: Taurus Investment Holdings
Photographer: Courtesy of Pacesetter Homest 




Best Sustainability Showcase

Peak Performer

Name: Panacea Retreat, Denver, Colo.
Architect/Designer: Valerian LLC
Builder: Thrive Home Builders, Forest City Stapleton Inc.
Developer: Forest City Stapleton Inc.
Photographer: Moss Photography




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