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The U.S. Department of Energy Announces Winners of Prestigious Housing Innovation Awards

The Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards recognize the nation’s top builders taking housing to the next level through our Zero Energy Ready Home program The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the winners of its 2017 Housing Innovation Awards. This year’s winners include 26 homes across 5 housing categories (Affordable Homes, Multi-Family Homes, Production Homes, Custom Homes (Buyers), and Custom Homes (Spec)) and 24 builders from across the country. Grand Winners for each category are selected by a distinguished group of national experts and will be announced at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Homes receive this award by meeting the rigorous technical requirements of DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. Homes earning this recognition are so energy efficient that they are able to produce as much energy as they use with a small, renewable energy system, such as solar, and offer better indoor air quality and long-term durability. “Housing Innovation Award winners represent the top 1% of builders across the country who successfully demonstrate they can meet the federal government’s most rigorous specifications for high-performance homes,” said Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect at DOE’s Building Technologies Office. “Zero energy ready homes are designed to provide a whole new level of homeowner experience including ultra-low utility bills, ensured comfort, comprehensive water protection, whole-house fresh air delivery, high-capture filtration, contaminant control, and enhanced durability.” “These winners are leading a national movement to zero energy ready homes, providing better places for Americans to live, stronger communities, and a more economically...
Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes was amongst the home building industry’s best and brightest honored with a 2016 Pinnacle Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Excellence. Presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, Pinnacle Awards recognize the state’s builders and remodelers who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction. HBASC handed out 17 awards in five categories – New Home Construction, Remodel Projects, Energy Efficiency, Subdivision/Community and Sales & Marketing. Addison Homes was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency. “We are committed to pushing the envelope when it comes to high-performance building,” says Addison Homes President Todd Usher. “We built the first mainstream Zero Energy home in Greenville – a home capable of producing as much electricity as it consumes – and it’s gratifying to see this project recognized amongst our peers.” Addison’s award-winning project is the model home in Trailside, Greenville’s first all-solar community where every home is certified to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home standard for energy savings, comfort, health and durability. The model home is also the first in the Southeast to qualify for Active House – a European designation of optimal daylighting, indoor air quality and resource efficiency. This project also earned HBA of Greenville’s Southern Home & Garden Bridge Award for Green Building and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award. The Home Builders Association of South Carolina will feature Pinnacle Award winners in an upcoming issue of S.C. Builder Journal. In addition, the projects will be highlighted on the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Parks,...
Tour of Zero: A Virtual Walk in Homes of the Future…Today

Tour of Zero: A Virtual Walk in Homes of the Future…Today

Are you ready for a home that lives better, works better and lasts better? The home of the future – a better home – is available today! See for yourself at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tour of Zero, a virtual walk through homes that are so efficient a renewable energy system can offset all or most of their annual energy consumption. These featured homes — constructed by a select group of the nation’s top builders — are independently certified to meet the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) standard for energy savings, comfort, health and durability. Four Addison Homes projects are spotlighted on the Tour of Zero: Willow Creek Home – a brick traditional designed for energy-efficiency, comfort and durability. Located in a popular golf course community, this beautiful home offers built-in benefits including healthier indoor air, significantly lower utility bills and fewer maintenance expenses for years to come. Cobblestone Home – a brick-and-stone beauty that’s a balance of form and function. The owners requested an elegant design in keeping with the neighborhood’s upscale aesthetics, but that’s not all – they wanted their beautiful home to be beautifully sustainable, too. So we blended traditional style with all the smarts of a high performance home. It won a 2015 Housing Innovation Award. InVision Zero SC – Trailside’s model home and winner of a 2016 Housing Innovation Award. As the first mainstream Zero Energy home in Greenville, it models a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable. Built for maximized efficiency – achieved via the Zero Energy Ready Home program – this home incorporates solar shingles as a renewable energy...
Insulation Institute’s Blog Features Addison ZERH Project

Insulation Institute’s Blog Features Addison ZERH Project

We love talking high-performance — with clients AND colleagues — so it’s cool to be featured on North American Insulation Manufacturers Association/Insulation Institute’s blog on using fiberglass insulation, along with other products and processes, to build Zero Energy Ready Homes. Following is a copy of NAIMA’s blog post: “Trades may grumble but customers are lining up” Addison Homes, a green builder in Greenville, South Carolina, certainly didn’t set out to cause trade partners to grumble, murmur or gripe. They set out to build DOE certified Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) to provide their customers with the energy savings, comfort and indoor air quality such homes deliver. To do that, Addison Homes had to get local trades on board by doing things a bit differently. In doing so, they provided award-winning homes that customers rave about. They even show off the energy-efficient features included in the home (the homeowners in their winning Cobbler Lane project show their guests the pristine conditioned crawlspace…seriously). What they achieved The list of achievements in the Cobbler Lane home is lengthy, but here is a shortlist: HERS Score of 41 1.65 ACH 50 Homeowners said they have much lower bills in the new house, despite going from a 2,500-ft2 home to a 4,500-ft2 one Doing all this at a cost of $135-$160 per square foot including land costs How they did it (which helps explain the grumbling) Todd Usher, owner and founder of Addison Homes, says it begins by educating trade partners on the way the builder wants things done. This starts with framing and flashing. They used advanced framing including insulated headers and drywall clips at...
Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards program recognizes nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation in Custom Homes (For Buyer) and Innovation in Custom Homes (Spec) categories. The Greenville SC builder is among 34 of the nation’s most industry-forward builders who were honored for innovation in five categories: Affordable Homes, Multifamily Homes, Production Homes, Custom Homes (For Buyer) and Custom Homes (Spec). Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, during the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas. “Housing Innovation Award winners such as Addison Homes are leading a major housing industry transformation to Zero Energy Ready Homes,” said Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect at the DOE’s Building Technologies Office. “This level of performance is the home of the future because it improves the way Americans live by substantially reducing or eliminating utility bills, ensuring engineered comfort way beyond traditional homes, protecting health with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality measures, and helping maximize the largest investment of a lifetime.” Both of Addison’s HIA-winning projects are located in Trailside, Greenville’s first all-solar community where every new home qualifies for the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) label. “This is wonderful recognition of our commitment to build well beyond the minimum code,” said Addison Homes President Todd Usher, noting that ZERH-labeled homes live better, work better and last better. “The real winners, of course, are the Trailside residents whose homes provide healthy indoor...
GSA Business Report Spotlights Addison’s Solar Homes

GSA Business Report Spotlights Addison’s Solar Homes

The following article spotlighting Addison’s solar homes appeared in the June 27-July 10 edition of GSA Business Report. Builder looks to replicate solar success By Bill Poovey, GSA Business Report, bpoovey@scbiznews.com The builder of a solar homes neighborhood that is unique in the Upstate wants to do it again. With 15 of 16 home sites sold at Trailside in the Berea area, Addison Homes President Todd Usher said demand for environmentally friendly solar is growing and the technology is becoming more affordable. With homes at Trailside priced at $250,000 and up, Usher said buyers are realizing that their biggest lifetime investment is enhanced by long-term energy cost-saving, air quality-enhancing features that currently qualify for tax incentives and rebates. The cul-de-sac development is also just uphill from the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. Usher said he is looking to develop another solar neighborhood and has seen other builders watching the flurry of construction at Trailside. “I see a lot of people out here checking it out. I know by the vehicles they drive and their dress they are builders, but no one has really jumped on board and running with it,” Usher said. “The main kind of standard that we have stepped up to in recent years has been this Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Homes program, and we are the only builder in this area that is even part of the program, much less building all of our homes to that.” The federal program describes the homes as “so efficient, almost all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy.” While looking for another residential...