Although I wasn’t able to teleport myself to Toronto for the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual (and the first one hosted by Canada) eco-jamboree, the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, I’ve been keeping close tabs on some of the big news coming out of this year’s event, including the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards.


The awards, singling out the crème de la crème of eco-minded developers, builders, and individual projects, were announced late last week during the conference’s Residential Summit. The honorees are obviously a top-notch assemblage of green homes and builders from across the country — you may recognize a few from my coverage — picked by an independent panel of judges, including several of last year’s winners, such as Chad Ludeman of PostGreen Homes along with USATODAY’s Green House blogger Wendy Koch. And in case you were wondering, the 2012 edition of Greenbuild returns to the lower 48 with San Francisco as the announced location. Sweet.


Remarks Nate Kredich, the USGBC’s VP of Residential Market Development, in an official release:


Healthy, high-performing residential projects don’t have to cost more, and that is evidenced in many of this year’s winning projects. LEED builders continue to push the envelope in areas of innovation and affordability, and so we tip our hats to the dedicated leaders represented in this year’s winners circle.

Tipped hats, indeed. Below you'll find a quick look at the winners. Any 2011 Greenbuild attendees care to share highlights from the conference? Maroon 5? Michael Bloomberg? Toronto itself?


• 2011 Project of the Year Award: The GO Home, GO LOGIC, Belfast, Maine. (pictured at top of page)


“With a small but smart footprint of 1,500 square feet, the three-bedroom LEED Platinum residence uses minimal energy and was built at construction costs comparable to a building a standard home. As a net zero and passive house, The GO Home was designed to bring design and energy performance in line with affordability, and is designed to slash energy usage by 90 percent. The project will be replicated across a 36-home community in Maine.”

More here.


• 2011 Outstanding Single Family Project: Power Haus, Josh Wynne Construction, Sarasota, Fla.


“Passive ventilation, cooling and lighting, coupled with innovative use of cutting-edge technologies earned the Sarasota, Fla. home the lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score on record in the U.S. The high-design, high-performing home actually produces more energy than it consumes.”

• 2011 Outstanding Multifamily Project: Primera TerraKB Home, Playa Vista, Calif. (pictured above)


“Special attention was given to optimizing the 52-unit building's envelope in order to maximize performance. KB Home controlled costs by performing cost/value reviews and proved that a LEED Platinum project can be designed and built without a significant increase in construction costs.”


• 2011 Outstanding Affordable Housing Project: Juneberry Lane, Clackamas Community Land Trust, Oregon City, Ore.


“The project, built on a high density infill property, consists of 12 subdivisions of six duplexes, and provided permanently affordable homes for families with modest incomes in Oregon City, Ore. Buyers are required to invest sweat equity towards landscaping and home maintenance projects, helping to sustain its aesthetics while building a cohesive community.”


Outstanding Production Builder: ActiveWest Builders (Coeur d’Alene, Ind.)

Outstanding Affordable Housing Developer: New Hope Housing (Houston, Texas)

Outstanding Program Commitment: Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Mich. 




Primera Terra Image: KB Home

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Cream of the crop: USGBC announces top green residential projects of 2011
The winners of the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards are announced at this year's edition of the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Toronto.