Green Home Awards Program Launches Early

Green Builder magazine’s annual competition showcases the “best of the best” in sustainability stories.

It’s that time again. I’m opening up the Green Home of the Year Awards a little earlier this year–June 1–to give interested parties time to gather materials for their 2024 entries, which will be judged this fall. 

If you are in the building business and haven’t entered before, the contest is open to builders, architects and others who are involved with projects that have an outstanding sustainability story to tell.

As always, our third-party judges will be looking for homes and communities that meet the highest standards of environmental performance, comfort, and health.

Overal Grand Winner spread

Last year’s grand winner wowed the judges with an almost perfect score, despite a lower price point and fewer luxury amenities.


The Green Home of the Year Awards is one of the longest running housing award programs in the country. It recognizes and celebrates projects that “push the envelope” of sustainable design and construction. 

Over the program’s 14-year history, we’ve showcased nearly 100 of the most innovative approaches to net-zero or net-positive energy consumption, zero waste, and enhanced indoor air quality.

All Options on the Table

Our judges are truly autonomous for this competition and have considered almost every type of sustainable project. Last year, for example, they chose a Habitat for Humanity home as the Grand Overall Winner. They’ve also honored tiny homes, condo projects, and homes built using less common materials.

Themes that have emerged in recent years include a push toward net zero and “net zero plus” performance. In layman’s terms, the latter term refers to homes with onsite energy sources such as solar panels that produce more energy than they use.

Homes don’t have to be eccentric, however, to make it into Green Builder’s finalists. The competition includes a category for “Mainstream Green” homes that look a lot like traditional homes, but have upgraded building science to improve performance.

Winning homes will appear in the January 2024 issue of Green Builder magazine, and be promoted nationwide to other media outlets. 

If you have a project, or know someone who does, click here for more information