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On July 12, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, celebrating green residential projects, developers and builders using LEED to improve the quality of life for residents, reduce a homes’ impact on the environment and create healthier and more resilient communities.
Recipients represent multifamily, single-family and affordable housing projects from around the world.
“Our homes are the most personal spaces we occupy and building more residential projects to LEED can have a profound impact on people and communities,” said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council. “This year’s LEED Homes Award recipients demonstrate that by applying LEED to residential projects, these spaces are transformed, creating sustainable and healthier homes for families.
This year’s LEED Homes Award recipients include the following:
Outstanding Single Family Projects
Casa Anahuac (LEED Platinum & LEED Zero Energy | Monterrey, Mexico): Casa Anahuac is the first project to achieve Platinum level under LEED for Homes certification in Latin America and the first residential project certified LEED Zero Energy outside the United States. While the construction appears to be traditional, the structure is made of steel elements and the exterior walls are concrete blocks, allowing for a low-maintenance, enduring home, that allows flexibility for future needs.
Myers Heckman Residence (LEED Platinum | Cincinnati, Ohio): The Myers-Heckman Residence is a LEED Platinum renovation and addition to an 1870 townhouse in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Its historic status was a key driving force behind the design. The design seeks to respect the historic architecture while allowing the new interventions to be distinctly contemporary – all while significantly upgrading the home’s performance.
Newman Residence (LEED Platinum | Chicago): When the Newmans inherited their 119-year-old family home, they were aiming to transform the neighborhood’s “spooky” property into a light-filled, welcoming environment that reflected their commitment to sustainability and family. Little did they know, their attention to materials, efficiency and the community would earn the project the first LEED Platinum home designation in Chicago and was a spotlighted project for the LEED’s Top 10 of 2021 campaign.
Outstanding Multifamily Projects
Fair Oak Commons (LEED Platinum | Redwood City, Calif.): Fair Oaks Commons is a LEED Platinum project that provides affordable housing for residents in Redwood, Calif. With 67 studio and one-bedroom units, many units reserved for veterans and those with special needs, the project is centrally located, infill, compact and walkable with access to transit earning close to the maximum number of points for Location and Transportation.
Viamonte at Walnut Creek (LEED Gold | Walnut Creek, Calif.): Viamonte at Walnut Creek is a LEED Gold community in the San Francisco Bay Area, fostering an active, independent lifestyle for residents in the 62+ year age group. Replacing an existing suburban office building and large asphalt parking lot, the four-story, 191-unit residential community with an underground parking garage dramatically increased housing density and eliminated heat sink impacts with cool roofing and lush climate appropriate landscaping.
AMLI Fountain Place (LEED Gold | Dallas): AMLI Fountain Place reflects the community’s reduced environmental impact and healthy homes. The project provides ENERGY STAR® appliances, outside air ventilation, electric vehicle charging stations, community recycling, and an on-site bike storage and repair shop. Building on this strong sustainability foundation, AMLI Fountain Place ensures incredibly low greenhouse gas emissions through a Green-e® certified Renewable Energy Credits (REC) purchasing agreement with Green Mountain Energy.
Outstanding Affordable Projects
Vincent’s Village (LEED Gold | Nanuet, N.Y.): Vincent’s Village is a new $42 million affordable and supportive housing development that addresses the housing needs for r seniors in Rockland County. Supported with $21.9 million in financing from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the development has 93 affordable homes with on-site health and wellness services for adults aged 55 and older.
Osborn Commons (LEED Gold | Sault Ate Marie, Mich.): Osborn Commons is the highest-rated LEED commercial property in Sault Ate Marie offering 63 affordable units in the city’s downtown area. With green building methods and components, the project includes the use of local aggregates and materials with recycled content as available, low emissions paint, insulation and other materials.
West End Heights (LEED Gold | Ithaca, N.Y.): In response to the need for safe, affordable housing in the City of Ithaca, this new 60-unit mixed use apartment building is located on a three-fourth--acre site in the West End District, serving a mixed population of individuals between 50-60% AMI. The $21 million housing project was designed to support low-income families and individuals recovering from serious mental illness.
2022 Project of the Year
Kaust Villa (LEED Platinum | Thuwal, Saudi Arabia): The home is the first in a series for King Abdullah University, which seeks to develop a campus with sustainability, efficiency and comfort as its main principles. The house pursues excellence in all areas related to environmental impact and user experience.
2022 LEED Power Builders
The awards also recognize LEED Homes Power Builders, an elite group of developers and builders who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and residential green building. At least 75% of each Power Builder’s homes/unit count from 2021 achieved LEED certification. Homes at any LEED certification level are eligible for consideration.
Active West Builders
Frankel Building Group
Fore Property Company
Mokulua High Performance Builder
National Community Renaissance
Thrive Home Builders
Tri Pointe Homes, Arizona