The U.S. Green Building Council is seeking nominations for its 2018 LEED Homes Awards. The awards recognize projects that stand out among the rarefied homes that have achieved LEED certification.
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Five categories recognize projects among single-family homes, affordable housing and multifamily projects, as well as an Outstanding Developer and a Project of the Year.
Anyone can nominate a builder or a project for the awards. To be eligible, a project must have achieved certification in 2018. Nominations are due by May 20, and winners will be announced in June.
The LEED program promotes buildings that support occupants’ health with limited impact on the environment. LEED for Homes provides guidance for building green single-family homes and multifamily buildings under eight stories, but USGBC has created programs for all new building construction, interior design, building operations and maintenance, and whole cities and communities.
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Builders and developers who achieved LEED certification in at least 75% of their projects in 2018 can be considered as a LEED Homes Power Builder. In 2017, Denver-based Thrive Home Builders was recognized as a Power Builder, as well as AMLI Residential and Carmel Partners, which build apartments in Denver and the surrounding areas, and Metro West Housing Solutions, a nonprofit that focuses on providing sustainable homes for low- to moderate-income households in Lakewood and Denver.
Danielle Andrus was previously the managing editor for Colorado Builder, and is currently Editor for the Journal of Financial Planning.