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Sunday, June 17th, 2012
With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.
A review committee of industry leaders will award ten LEED-ND registered projects with an Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant. Each grant award includes:
- A $25,000 cash award, to be used to pursue LEED-ND certification;
- Refunded LEED-ND project registration fee by GBCI;
- $300 discount on national membership to the U.S. Green Building Council;
- One LEED-ND Reference Guide;
- One registration for a LEED-ND online training/webinar;
- Registration for one LEED-ND workshop;
- Access to USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls;
- One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit in San Francisco, CA.
Applications for the 2012 grant period will be accepted from May 24 to August 10. The electronic application form includes detailed instructions and eligibility requirements for applicants. Any questions and completed applications can be directed to email@example.com.
For more information click HERE.
Saturday, February 25th, 2012
The City of Boise is now accepting nomination for the 2012 Building Excellence Awards for building projects that increase the quality of Boise’s built environment. The awards program recognizes businesses which recently completed building remodels, upgrades and additions that made buildings in Boise safer, more accessible to all citizens or were environmentally sustainable.
According to the City of Boise’s Planning and Development Services Director Bruce Chatterton, “these building owners, managers and construction professionals are often the unseen and unsung heroes of building safety. In some cases, they invest thousands of dollars on projects that no one sees, but which make all of us safer and improves the quality of our lives. Businesses like those honored by the Building Excellence awards help make Boise the most livable city in the country.”
The City of Boise is now taking nominations for the Building Excellence
Best Life-Safety UpgradeAwards in three categories:
- Best Accessibility Upgrade
- Best New “Green Building” or Green Building Upgrade
To qualify a project must:
- Be located within Boise City limits
- Be completed or substantially complete between May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012
The City will present up to two awards in each category and the winners will be selected by a committee which includes the City of Boise Building Official, City of Boise Fire Marshal, local architects and others. The awards will be presented at the Building Owners and Managers Association luncheon in May.
Thursday, October 27th, 2011
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. The awards were presented during the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held in Toronto, which had over 23,000 attendees. The 2011 award categories recognize innovative multi and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes, and Project of the Year.
“Healthy, high performing residential projects don’t have to cost more, and that is evidenced in many of this year’s winning projects” said Nate Kredich, Vice President, Residential Market Development, USGBC. “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.”
ActiveWest Builders (AWB) was recognized as the winner in the Outstanding LEED-Home Production Builder category for its Meadow Ranch Development in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Certified as a LEED® for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) project, Meadow Ranch embodies the ideals of livable, healthy and efficient community design. Dennis Cunningham designed the project with an aging population in mind, as it was developed to meet the changing needs of active adults looking to downsize but maintain homeownership. Furthermore, AWB was also a Finalist in the Outstanding Commitment category.
All of the homes in Meadow Ranch are built to the stringent standards of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Certification Program. A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes criteria. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance healthy green homes. In 2011 AWB will have over 32 LEED Platinum or Gold homes registered or certified.
“Living in a LEED-certified home not only means you will be saving money and precious resources, it also means that it’s more durable than a non-certified home “The quality of the products and the different green strategies used within the home means that its owners will be enjoying their high-performing home for years to come. “While demand for traditional residential construction is slowing, the green housing market continues to grow and Meadow Ranch is a great example of why this is,” continues Nate. “LEED certified homes are healthier places to live, produce lower utility bills, have better air quality, and leave a smaller environmental footprint behind.”
According to Dennis Cunningham, President of ActiveWest Builders, the developer and builder of Meadow Ranch, “By following LEED principles we offer healthier, more energy-efficient homes and neighborhoods that revitalize an existing urban area and help preserve our environment. In 2009, Meadow Ranch won the Idaho Smart Growth & Green Building Award. In 2011, we were awarded LEED-ND Certification, and finishing up 2011 with Outstanding LEED-Home Production Builder on a national scale is a great achievement. This small builder in N. Idaho jumped ahead of several Fortune 500 builders like KB Homes to win this year’s category!”
The independent panel of judges included:
• Les Blueston, President of Blue Sea Development
• Daniel Clark, Director of Facilities and Safety, Bastyr University
• Jay DeChesere, Architect
• Wendy Koch, USA TODAY reporter and editor, and “Green House” blog writer
• Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes • Tom Wade, owner of Artistic Homes
• Dan Wilson, Director of Construction, Habitat for Humanity Sacramento
This past summer Active West Builders completed a 3-story, 14-unit Student CO-OP Housing building geared for Gonzaga University students. The state-of-the-art contemporary building achieved LEED- Platinum Certification by USGBC in July. To learn more about Active West Builders you can visit http://www.activewestbuilders.com/.
To learn more about LEED for Homes, visit usgbc.org/homes.