On Feb. 9, 2012 the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHB) held its 17th annual International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.
This event honors builders and remodelers who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency concepts, materials and technologies in design, construction and marketing of homes with EnergyValue Housing Awards (EVHA).
“EVHA challenges builders to elevate standards for energy-efficient new construction and remodeling; provides educational opportunities for building professionals; and fosters the adoption of energy efficiency principles.”
The winners are arranged into three climate regions; Cold, Moderate and Hot, and into five categories; Affordable, Custom/Demonstration, Multifamily, Production and Existing Homes.
The 2012 gold winners were Nexus EnergyHomes, Inc., Ferrier Builders Inc., Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., Josh Wynne Construction, LaMirada Homes by Michael Ginsburg and the three in New Custom/Demonstration for Cold climates were Flynner Building Company, Kirby Nagelhout Construction and Zero Energy Plans and Scott Homes, Inc.
Scott Homes won its third award with the design of the Far Reach House which is located in Olympia, Washington. It is a 2100 square feet house built of eco-friendly materials and only cost the owners approximately five percent more money to build their home than a conventional custom built home would cost to be built.Far Reach HouseThe Far Reach House utilizes high R-value walls, floors, roof and triple-glazed energy star windows. It features a ductless mini-split, tankless on-demand water heater, energy star appliances and is estimated to cost $70 per year to be heated.
Scott Bergford discusses the Far Reach House and the gold EVHA by stating,
“We are so pleased to be recognized by EVHA again this year. For almost 30 years, we have continuously applied the latest in building science and efficiency innovation to build better and better houses right here in Olympia. I am proud of the work we’ve done on this house.”
Awarding companies for doing the right thing as NAHB Research Center has with their EVHA is a beautiful thing and hopefully in the future an unnecessary thing. But for 2012 congratulations to Scott Homes, Inc. for its Far Reach House and all the other, not just award winners but participants, in doing what is right for the design industries and the environment.