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2020 Green Home of the Year Awards

Prepared for nature's worst.

The winners in this year’s Green Home of the Year Awards share numerous traits—sustainability-focused construction materials, limited negative impact on the local environment, the latest ENERGY STAR® appliances. But the one trait stressed in every winning home is energy resilience. Whether it’s to keep household bills low or ensure the lights stay on after a natural disaster, a green grid is the best grid.

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 six most exemplary and imaginative green homes.

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

Nathan GoodNathan Good is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)-registered architect, NCIDQ-certified interior designer, and LEED-accredited professional. He specializes in projects that bridge environmental performance with character and aesthetics. His firm has received design awards from AIA, the National Association of Home Builders and Green Builder magazine, among others. Gene MyersGene Myers Gene Myers is CEO and Founder of Thrive Home Builders, six-time winner of the Department of Energy’s Grand Award for Innovation, and the first production builder to deliver “solar standard” homes, build net zero communities, and use Colorado beetle-kill lumber in the construction of its homes. T O BrienTim O'Brien is president of Tim O’Brien Homes. The company, which specializes in building green and energy-efficient housing, has received Silver and Gold National Housing Quality (NHQ) awards. In 2018, the company broke ground on Wisconsin’s first net zero energy neighborhood, Red Fox Crossing, in New Berlin. O’Brien has also coordinated homebuilding projects with several Waukesha-area high school construction trades for the past nine years.

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Empowered Perfection

Name: Monroe Farmhouse, Monroe, Ga.
Builder: Luis Imery, Imery Group
Photographer: Imery Group; Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS)




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Best Modern Design

Resilient Retreat

Name: Net Zero Retreat, Austin, Texas
Architect/Designer: Alan Barley and Peter Pfeiffer, Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture
Builder: Paul Oliver, Oliver Custom Homes
Landscape Architect: Steve Domigan, SKDLA Landscape Architecture
Interior Designer: Sharon Radkovich, Panache Interiors
Photographer: James Leasure




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Best Mainstream Green

Net Zero Times Three

Name: Anacortes Triple Zero Home, Anacortes, Wash.
Architect/Designer: Ted L. Clifton, Zero-Energy Home Plans, LLC
Builder: David Wallace, CVH, Inc. dba Clifton View Homes
Photographer: Ted L. Clifton




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Best Small Footprint Living

Horizon House

Name: House of the Horizon, Lajas, Puerto Rico
Architect/Designer: Abruña & Musgrave, Architects
Builder: Peter Torres Rios, Professional Home Builders
Photographer: Luis Roca-Iguina




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Best Alternative Building

One for All

Name: Palo Alto Apartments, Palo Alto, Calif.
Builder: Greg Koepf, Shell Building Systems
Architect/Designer: David Solnick, Architect
Developer: Prabhas Kejriwal, Sageleaf Forest, LLC
Photographer: David Solnick, Architect



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Best Sustainable Community

Multifamily Masterpiece

Name: Sitka, Seattle, Wash.
Architect/Designer: Brian Runberg, Runberg Architecture Group
Builder: Sean Stimac, Exxel Pacific
Developer: Alicia Stedman, Vulcan Real Estate
Landscape Architect: Jason Henry, Berger Partnership PS
Interior Designer: Christiane Pein, Lair Design, LLC
Photographer: ©Christophe Servieres; ©Michael Walmsley


GB-Sustainabilty Awards 2020-web2020 Sustainability Awards - Sustainability Superhero

Industry stalwart Peter Pfeiffer’s four decades of building efficient, beautiful structures that are appropriate for their climates and locales has made an indelible mark on the industry.

2020 Sustainability Awards - Sustainable Cities of the Year

Although much of the world is actually losing ground in terms of CO2 pollution and resource waste, some American cities are showing that a carbon neutral future can be achieved NOW.

2020 Sustainability Awards - Green Innovations of the Year

This year’s outstanding products demonstrate how sustainability can be enhanced when cloud-based apps and real-world engineering smarts converge.



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